Lake Placid, Texas, USA

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Lake Placid is a small reservoir on the Guadalupe River one mile southwest of Sequin, Texas in the Prairies and Lakes Region. Operated by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Lake Placid is one of the many lakes along the Guadalupe River created to control flooding and to supply water to the area. The reservoir was created in 1928 with the construction of a dam. Only about 5 miles in length, Lake Placid runs from downtown McQueeney to the outskirts of Seguin. Because Lake Placid is not as well-known as other lakes along the Guadalupe River, lighter boat traffic creates a more “placid” water playground.

With an average depth of 20 feet, Lake Placid is a venue for fishing, boating, jet skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and swimming. Most of the land around this residential lake is privately owned, so public access is limited. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates a public boat ramp off of Interstate 10. The ramp is closed while the Texas Department of Transportation rebuilds the US 90 bridge. Access to other boat ramps and to camping is privately controlled.

Lake Placid is stocked with fish species intended to improve the quality of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish species include largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, crappie, and sunfish. All fish species are managed with statewide regulations, so check number and size limits before fishing. Largemouth bass and white crappie are best fished from late fall through spring. Channel catfish are the most abundant catfish species in the lake with blue catfish present in moderate numbers. Sunfish species such as bluegill and redear are abundant in Lake Placid and are favorite catches for children.

For some recreation time off the water, the nearby town of Sequin is picturesque with Victorian and turn-of-the-century homes. Take some time for a walking tour of the downtown. Sebastopol House is an 1856 Greek Revival-style house that was acquired by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, restored to its original appearance, and opened to the public in 1989. Sebastopol House is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and is in the National Register of Historic Places. Tours and family programs are provided throughout the year, so check the schedule for special events.

For more off-water fun, New Braunfels is less than 30 minutes northwest of Lake Placid. New Braunfels is home to a waterpark resort and the Gruene Historic District. San Antonio’s Riverwalk is less than one hour southwest of the lake. There are other numerous small towns to explore, including McQueeney, Gruene’s Historic District, Marion, Santa Clara, and Geronimo. The area also has numerous golf courses.

There are several state parks not far from Lake Placid, including Lockhart State Park, Buescher State Park, Palmetto State Park, and Bastrop State Park, that offer a wide range of recreational activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, birding, nature study, pedal boat and canoe rentals, swimming, tubing, canoeing, and educational/interpretive programs for children. There is a scenic 12-mile road connecting Bastrop and Buescher State Parks that is a popular bike route. Lockhart State Park even offers a 9-hole golf course, the only staff-operated golf course in the Texas State Park System.

Vacation rentals are available on Lake Placid, so plan your romantic weekend getaway or an extended family vacation. Lake Placid may be a small lake, but the opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant.

Things to do at Lake Placid TX

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Playground

Fish species found at Lake Placid TX

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

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    Lake Placid TX Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

    Surface Area: 198 acres

    Shoreline Length: 15 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 498 feet

    Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 493 feet

    Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 503 feet

    Average Depth: 20 feet

    Maximum Depth: 40 feet

    Water Volume: 2,624 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1928

    Lake Area-Population: 4,000

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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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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