Grapevine Lake, Texas, USA

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Located in Texas’ Prairies and Lakes tourism region lies Grapevine Lake, one of the most picturesque and welcoming reservoirs in the state. Although certain facilities are leased out to cities and private companies, the reservoir is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Oblong in shape, Grapevine Lake covers 6,684 acres and is crucial to water conservation, navigation and flood control for the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

Just north of the City of Grapevine, the Grapevine Lake Dam was built in 1952 to control Denton Creek. Made up of a spillway and an embankment of compacted earth with a rock foundation, it is 12,850 feet long with a maximum height of 137 feet above the bottom of the stream. Initiated in 1948 as a part of the Grapevine Dam and Reservoir Project, Grapevine Lake was impounded a mere four years later.

Lake Grapevine’s relatively small size and welcoming ambiance make it an ideal getaway for groups and families alike. Although it was originally intended to provide water for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding communities, Lake Grapevine has now become a prime destination for leisure and recreational activities such as hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, and jetskiing. Playing the two nearby golf courses and shopping at the impressive DFW Metroplex are also popular activities.

Visitors come from all over Texas (and beyond) to explore Grapevine Lake’s marinas, fishing holes, playgrounds, and handfuls of campgrounds and bar-restaurants. Ample picnic areas inspire relaxing day trips and barbecues along these peaceful shores. To the southeast, the Grapevine Lake Recreation Area is a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the many recreational activities that this lake has to offer. Numerous hiking and biking trails wind throughout the 15,000-acre protected zone. Nearby, you’ll find a number of enticing wineries, a vintage railroad and a public art walk. Roughly ten miles northeast of Grapevine lies the enormous Lewisville Lake and Dam, which offers everything from parasailing to horseback riding. Real estate properties with lakeside views are available, but most vacation rentals are located close by in the adjacent City of Grapevine, Flower Mound and other surrounding areas.

Wildlife lovers will rejoice in Lake Grapevine’s natural-surface trails, where fox, waterfowl, rabbit, and even the occasional mountain lion can be spotted. Local paths are perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The rocky Northshore Trail runs for about nine miles and can be picked up from three different trail heads. Located on the western side of Grapevine Lake, the Knob Hills Trail stretches for about four miles along nearby Denton Creek.

Fishing is a popular pastime at Lake Grapevine and is guided by statewide rules and regulations as found on Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website (below). Sport fish such as largemouth bass, spotted bass, catfish, crappie, and white bass are common in Grapevine Lake’s tranquil waters. Due to drop offs and dramatic changes along the basin’s bottom, largemouth bass is particularly plentiful throughout, while the Twin Coves area is the best place to find catfish and crappie. A daily bag limit of five is in place for any combination of black bass.

Hunting is also prevalent at Lake Grapevine. Game animals include deer, squirrel, turkey, hogs, waterfowl, quail and rabbits, which can be pursued at various times throughout the year with the correct state and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits. For deer and wild hogs, bow hunting is also permitted.

Just minutes south of Lake Grapevine you’ll find the City of Grapevine, originally named in 1854 by one of its founders, Judge Morehead, after the copious amounts of wild mustang grapes growing in the area. A day trip to this historical town is a must, as the area embodies an incredibly rich history. The Grapevine Commercial Historic District was noted by the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

At Grapevine’s local museum you’ll learn about the famous Tarantula road map created in 1873 by Captain B.B. Paddock, a depiction of Fort Worth surrounded by a tangle of proposed outward-bound railroads. Both the young and the young-at-heart will enjoy a ride on the corresponding Tarantula Train, which runs between Grapevine and the Stockyards National Historic District. Stockyards is the only district in the country that features daily Texas Longhorn cattle drives, which can be witnessed along Fort Worth’s East Exchange Avenue for a taste of the old west. You can also learn about the notorious duo Bonnie and Clyde, who, according to the Dallas Historical Society, murdered two Grapevine highway patrolmen here in 1934.

Lake Grapevine is an ideal getaway for combining history, modernity and the great outdoors. Such close proximity to major urban centers like the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex make the lake extremely convenient in terms of travel, entertainment and amenities. Whether you like to swim, hike, fish or shop there is certainly something for everyone in and around Lake Grapevine.

Things to do at Grapevine Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Grapevine Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • White Bass

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Grapevine Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: US Army Corps of Engineers

Surface Area: 6,684 acres

Shoreline Length: 60 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 535 feet

Maximum Depth: 65 feet

Water Volume: 181,100 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1952

Lake Area-Population: 50,000

Drainage Area: 695 sq. miles

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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