Lake Bob Sandlin, Texas, USA

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USA - Southwest - Texas - Piney Woods -

Also known as:  Bob Sandlin Reservoir

How does a state like Texas, with few natural lakes, become a well-respected bass fishing destination? A look at Lake Bob Sandlin explains the paradox. Named after the president of the Titus County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1, the Bob Sandlin Reservoir is one of many in Texas that supply fresh water, recreation and in some instances electrical power to the growing population of Texans. And, being Texas, it has to do the job in a big way . . .as in many bass – BIG bass! But fishing is just one of the many recreational activities enticing visitors to the lake each year; swimming, camping, hiking and boating draw thousands to the lake to find a cool spot to beat the heat in the Piney Woods Region of East Texas.

Visitors to Lake Bob Sandlin take advantage of all the reservoir has to offer. Although lake levels fluctuate due to water usage and rainfall, there are always places on the 9,460-acre lake with wide expanses of open water for water skiing, power boating, jet-skiing, tubing, pontooning, canoeing and kayaking. Over 75 miles of shoreline dotted with coves and bays ensure that a variety of water conditions provide habitat for scores of native species. The swim beaches provide refreshing water, and the fishing hot-spots harbor plenty of largemouth bass, catfish, spotted bass, crappie, bluegill and red ear sunfish for your angling enjoyment. Areas of timber left standing when the area was flooded enhance the underwater structure necessary to assure good fish habitat.

Hiking trails meander through the 640-acre Lake Bob Sandlin State Park with plenty of space for in-line skating, cycling and just plain strolling while enjoying the many birds and varied fauna. Interpretive tours and nature walks are guided on some weekends. The park has camping facilities, both electrified and primitive, sparse camping cabins, picnic areas with grills, playground, lighted fishing pier and boat launch. The State Park isn’t the only access point for the lake. Titus County Fresh Water Supply District Park offers most of the same services on a smaller scale, and a private marina on the Barefoot Bay arm of the reservoir offers boating and angler supplies, boat slips, waterside gas, restaurant, RV park, rental cabins, boat rental and children’s amusements. Other public boat ramps exist on the reservoir but usually require a map to locate, and not all are usable at all times due to water level changes.

Lake Bob Sandlin provides fresh water to the nearby towns of Pittsburg and Mount Pleasant. Completed in 1977, the Fort Sherman Dam created Lake Bob Sandlin immediately downstream from two other dams and their reservoirs. The Franklin County dam, built across Cypress Creek in 1970, created Cypress Springs Lake, while the Monticello Dam, built in 1972 across Blundell Creek, created Lake Monticello. The Monticello Dam provides hydroelectric power, with the lake acting as a cooling reservoir for the steam electric operation. Cypress Springs Lake is used for water supply. When the Fort Sherman Dam was built downstream on Cypress Creek, the rising waters eventually extended back to the two previous dams, creating a huge expanse of water within the three reservoirs. All three reservoirs have public access and boat launch sites. Excellent bass fishing is something all three lakes have in common.

Originally inhabited by the Caddo Indians, the area around Lake Bob Sandlin was first settled by Europeans about 1850. Archeological evidence of the Caddo past can still be seen at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park, while the Caddo are the focus of an archeological exhibit at the old Pittsburg Depot, part of the Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center and Museum. Visitors who enjoy technology of the 1800s will want to visit the Pittsburg Depot where they can see a working telegraph station, an 1894 telephone switchboard and antique telephones, a printing press, Model T Ford, and a 1909 surrey. One quickly finds that trying to explain how these items worked to a modern-day child is a graphic example of just how much our lifestyles have changed in a hundred years. The Farmstead Museum is a fully-restored farmyard and home from the period. Pittsburg is designated a Historic Main Street town with many examples of fine homes built around 1880.

Six miles northeast of Lake Bob Sandlin, the town of Mount Pleasant encourages visitors to enjoy a private museum called the Legends and Lawless Modern Western Museum. This museum holds a large collection of John Wayne memorabilia, an antique gun collection and an eclectic collection of ‘western’ items from popular legend and culture. Mount Pleasant always welcomes visitors to its annual events such as the Moonlight Festival and Outhouse Race, the Mount Pleasant Rodeo and holiday festivals for all ages. The Whatley Center for The Performing Arts has regularly-scheduled performances, and there are several nearby golf courses open to the public.

Several real estate developments around Lake Bob Sandlin offer opportunities to purchase both existing lakefront homes and vacant property for building. New developments, including exclusive gated communities with excellent private facilities, are currently under construction. As the reservoir increasingly becomes the favored recreational venue in the area, private owners offer rentals by the week or the season to vacationers. Cottages, bed-and-breakfasts and private campgrounds are located both on and very near the lake, while hotels and motels near the towns are available for a week-end’s stay or longer. When looking for vacation rentals, it pays to include Cypress Springs Lake and Lake Monticello in the search area, as it will increase available offerings considerably. So, whether your interests lie in water activities, swimming, boating or fishing, come give Lake Bob Sandlin a try. You may find it hard to keep those eager and numerous bass out of your boat!

Things to do at Lake Bob Sandlin

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Antiquing

Fish species found at Lake Bob Sandlin

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Spotted Bass
  • Sunfish

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Titus County Freshwater Supply District

    Surface Area: 9,400 acres

    Shoreline Length: 75 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 338 feet

    Maximum Depth: 66 feet

    Water Volume: 213,350 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1977

    Drainage Area: 239 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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:

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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    - 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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