About Possum Kingdom Lake

Possum Kingdom is the perfect four season destination. Nestled in the foothills of the Palo Pinto mountains less than 75 miles west of Fort Worth, Possum Kingdom Lake is The Great Lake of Texas. More than 18,000 acres of crystal clear water, a Texas oasis surrounded by beautiful cliffs and rolling  hillsides. Whether you are visiting for a weekend or staying for a lifetime, Possum Kingdom Lake has the amenities and services to meet your every need, from first-class dining and resorts to some of the finest marinas and golf courses in Texas. Enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including boating, diving, fishing, hiking, cycling and golf. 

Possum Kingdom Lake is located on the main stem of the Brazos River.  It was the first water supply reservoir constructed in the Brazos River basin.  The project was authorized in 1938 and construction of the dam began later that same year. 

About Morris Sheppard Dam

The Morris Sheppard Dam, built with the help of the federal Works Progress Program, was completed in 1941.  Possum Kingdom Lake covers an ara of approximately 17,700 acres and has 310 miles of shoreline.  The reservoir holds approximately 750,000 acre-feet of water with about 550,000 acre-feet available as water supply for the Brazos basin. Depth of the lake varies as the terrain changes, but its about 100-feet deep at the dam.

Morris Sheppard Dam was named after a US Senator who was key in obtaining the original funding.

Quick Facts about Morris Sheppard Dam:

 Dam Length:  2,700 feet
 Dam Height:  190 feet
 Number of Gates:  Nine
 Gate Length:  74 feet
 Gate Height:  13 feet
 Gate Capacity:  Approx. 9,600 cfs when open







The Morris Sheppard Dam is a hydro-electric generating facility with two 11,250 kw generators.  Categorized as a Peaking Plant, the generators supply electricity during high demand periods.

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