Lake Cherokee, Texas, USA

Lake Locations:

USA - Southwest - Texas - Piney Woods -

Also known as:  Cherokee Lake

Strong community values, a solid commitment to neighborhood prosperity, access to convenience and comfort, and year-round fun are the terms that describe this private community lake. Lake Cherokee is located in the Piney Woods region of the Lone Star State. Here, in eastern Texas, is where pine and pine-hardwood forests dominate. Loblolly, elm, oak, ash, cypress and magnolia stretch across the landscape comprising Texas’ four national forests and five state forests. So many trees means the falls here are exhilarating and when the native flowering dogwoods open up beautiful blooms of white flowers – everywhere – everyone knows spring has finally come.

An impoundment on the Cherokee Bayou, the lake is owned by the Cherokee Water Company which constructed a dam in 1948. The lake is large, spanning over 3,000 acres and surrounded by thousands more acres of community land. Home to a swelling 6,000 people, Lake Cherokee’s community might as well be a town. In addition to fulltime security and lake patrol, the Cherokee Water Company provides lake and road maintenance, garbage pickup, a lake manager and support staff. The company also takes responsibility for the land’s property taxes. Excellent service makes a community thrive, but the main perks of living in a lake community are its recreational possibilities.

The lake, to start with, is a water playground for residents who revel in hours of sail boating, barge cruising, swimming, water skiing, and jet skiing. And of course, you can’t forget fishing – Cherokee Lake is stocked full with largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish. On dry land, a host of recreational opportunities abound. A nine-hole golf course will attract that hard-core golfer in your family clan. Perhaps on the island, you can have a family picnic or take part in one of the community’s frequent “fish fry”s. There are excellent bird watching opportunities. Birds that visit the lake range from the majestic bald eagle, white pelican and grebe to duck, gull, and the anhinga (snakebird). Clubs create community cohesion and provide social outlet. Some of Lake Cherokee’s many clubs are the Fishing Club, The Cherokee Country Golf Association, the Ladies Bridge Club, and the Island Crew. You can even start your own club.

Real estate options in the Lake Cherokee community are plenty. There are many empty parcels of land ready to build on. Ready-to-move-in homes run the gamut from grand houses great for large families and entertainment hosting to smaller, rustic one-family homes. Site locations give you options to choose whether you want to be closest to a school, a particular part of the lake and lake activities or closest to any of the nearby towns.

Just 20 minutes outside of the Lake Cherokee community you will find yourself in a part of Texas that was significant to the growth of America’s oil industry. Visit the East Texas Oil Museum and the World’s Richest Acre Park, both in Kilgore – the World’s Richest Acre once had the greatest concentration of oil wells in the world. Stroll among the many historic sites in Longview. You will appreciate the friendly atmosphere of the towns.

At Lake Cherokee, you will find more than just some great fun on the water. In the lake’s neighborhoods, you will find great spirit, community and somewhere that really feels like home.

Things to do at Lake Cherokee

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Picnicking
  • Birding
  • State Forest
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Playground

Fish species found at Lake Cherokee

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass

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    Lake Cherokee Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Cherokee Water Company

    Surface Area: 3,987 acres

    Shoreline Length: 100 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 280 feet

    Average Depth: 15 feet

    Maximum Depth: 34 feet

    Water Volume: 46,700 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1948

    Lake Area-Population: 6,000

    Drainage Area: 158 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.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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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".

    You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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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.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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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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