Lake Waco, Texas, USA
Also known as: Waco Lake
Welcome to the ultimate guide to Lake Waco — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!
Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Lake Waco
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Lake Waco Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Lake Waco Gifts
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All About Lake Waco
Lake Waco, also known as Waco Lake, is located in the Prairies and Lakes region of Central Texas. Its boundary lies within the city limits of Waco in McLennan County. Conveniently located near I-35 halfway between Dallas to the north and Austin to the south, this 7,200+ acre reservoir provides a thriving source of recreation and wildlife conservation to this area.
The 60 miles of Waco Lake’s shoreline contain ample opportunity for outdoor fun with public recreation areas, picnic sites, camping sites, playgrounds, boat ramps, marinas, a fishing dock, and two swimming beaches. Eight miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding also make this a favorite of the nature enthusiast. Lake Waco Wetlands provide an eco-friendly preserve for wildlife conservation and education.
An angler’s pleasure, Lake Waco is home to 51 species of fish. Crappie fishing is very popular, and said to be tough to beat at the lake. Many coves also provide opportunities to catch channel, blue and flathead catfish as well as largemouth and white bass. An average depth of around 20 feet and a maximum depth of 85 feet are available with an average fluctuation of 2 to 6 feet.
Lake Waco was man-made in the late 1920’s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by constructing a dam on the Bosque River as a primary water source for the Waco area. Later, in 1965, the reservoir was enlarged for flood control, conservation, and water supply with the addition of a new dam which encompassed the original lake. In 2003, Lake Waco was again expanded to its present normal lake elevation of 462 feet to provide a long-term, dependable water supply for the growing Waco community. The Corps of Engineers controls the water supply for the Waco Lake with water rights for the City of Waco and Brazos River Authority.
The city of Waco is known for its hospitality and boasts a semi-tropical climate with short, mild winters. It offers many local attractions including 18 museums, historical areas, golf courses, 35 parks and a scenic River Walk along the Brazos River though the city. Education is also an important attraction to the area being home to Baylor University, as well as other smaller colleges in Waco. Hotels and restaurants are plentiful nearby, so come out and enjoy a relaxing visit to Lake Waco soon.
Things to Do at Lake Waco
- Vacation Rentals
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
Fish Species Found at Lake Waco
- Flathead Catfish
- White Bass
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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Waco Vacation
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- VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
- Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
- Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
- Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
- TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
- Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
- KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
- RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
- CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Waco Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Not Known
Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Surface Area: 7,270 acres
Shoreline Length: 60 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 462 feet
Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 445 feet
Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 500 feet
Average Depth: 20 feet
Maximum Depth: 85 feet
Water Volume: 208,000 acre-feet
Completion Year: 1965
Drainage Area: 1,670 sq. miles
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