O. H. Ivie Lake, Texas, USA

Lake Locations:

USA - Southwest - Texas - Hill Country -

Also known as:  Lake Ivie, Stacy Reservoir

On a hot summer day in the northern Hill Country region of Texas, Lake Ivie is an ideal place to be. Officially named O.H.Ivie Reservoir, the waters are commonly called Lake Ivie among the locals. The original name was Stacy Reservoir after the small village of Stacy, but was renamed O.H.Ivie to honor Colorado River Municipal Water District’s general manager by the same name. By any name, the inviting water welcomes all who come to fish, boat, water ski, camp or swim.

The reservoir filled after the Simon W. Freese Dam was built across the confluence of the Colorado and Concho rivers in 1989 to provide recreation and water supply to a number of nearby cities. Pipelines connect the reservoir to Abilene, San Angelo, Odessa, Midland, Big Spring, Snyder and other small cities. Long in the planning stages, O.H.Ivie Reservoir was delayed for several years due to concerns about protecting the habitat of the endangered Concho water snake. Building the reservoir also involved moving several small family cemeteries. Once completed, the reservoir filled much quicker than expected due to a major ‘gully-washer’ of a rainstorm, delighting those who were eagerly awaiting the new lake. When full, the lake covers over 19,000 acres. However, given the ‘feast-or-famine’ rainfall patterns of Texas, levels can vary considerably.

As a result of the nearly 10-year drought, Lake Ivie’s levels dropped to a record low and are slowly returning to higher shorelines. Due to drainage patterns within the reservoir’s 12,600 square mile watershed, torrential Texas rains in 2016 that caused flooding relatively short distances away added very little water to Lake Ivie. Locals in the area are philosophical about the situation and realize that the vagaries of Texas weather will eventually refill the lake. Meanwhile, low water levels have made some of the boat ramps unusable, although others were built to be accessible particularly in times of low water and remain open.

Three parks were created by the Water District to provide access and recreation for visitors: Kennedy Park near the dam, Padgitt Park along the north shoreline, and Concho Park along the south shore. All three parks offer swimming, camping, picnic areas with fire pits, modern restroom facilities and a variety of other amenities. All hold boat ramps, either within the park or adjacent at commercial facilities. Two concession-operated marinas are located at Concho Park and Kennedy Park/Elm Creek Village. Both are full-service marinas offering launch and dock facilities, boat gas and diesel, boating supplies, bait, snack bar and camping supplies. Access to the Water District parks requires a Recreation Daily Vehicle pass, although the commercial facilities can be accessed without one. Both marinas also operate small motels or cabin rentals, along with RV and mobile home rental lots on a monthly basis.

Bass fishing is big news at O.H.Ivie Reservoir. Florida strain largemouth bass are regularly stocked in the lake where they join native largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, crappie, white bass, catfish and sunfish. In recent years, fishing prospects have matured at the young reservoir to the point where Lake Ivie is considered the second-best bass fishing lake in Texas. Low water levels have made the wily bass a bit harder to catch, but they are still there and still taking a well-presented lure. Serious first-time anglers often engage the services of local fishing guides who know the waters well because of the reservoir’s large size and its many coves and arms. The area was not clear-cut before flooding, so many areas of submerged trees and brush offer excellent fish habitat. Several bass tournaments are held here annually.

Three Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) are located adjacent to or near the three parks and are open to public hunting with a permit. Access for hunting varies with area and annual game surveys. WMA Hunting Permits for deer, quail and turkey must be applied for between July 15 and August 15 and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The WMAs are open to hiking and bird watching to those with a Daily Vehicle pass. Visitors must park in designated parking areas and walk in to the interior. The area around O.H.Ivie Reservoir is noted among bird watchers as a good place to view eagles, loons and ducks in winter and a wide variety of songbirds during the summer.

Although the shoreline is wooded and appears virtually untouched, a few housing developments are located near the water’s edge. Some of these developments are modest and suitable for a vacation cottage, while others are more upscale. Limited private vacation rentals can be found along the shore of Lake Ivie, usually with beautiful views and often private docks. Most water sports can be enjoyed, including water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. Needed items can easily be purchased at the camp stores operated by the marinas, or vacationers can head south to the Village of Eden 20 miles away.

Eden relies on visiting hunters and vacationers for much of its business, so devotes itself to providing entertainment to please their guests. Besides a variety of lodgings choices, including guest ranches, cottages and bed & breakfasts, Eden offers several annual events expressly geared toward attracting visitors to their little town. The Green Apple Art Center offers a music series with live concerts in an intimate setting on a regular basis and supports arts exhibits and lectures. The Eden Fall Festival features a World Class Bull Ride competition, while the Spring Stampede has a cook-off, rodeo and dance as part of its festivities. Expressly to welcome hunters, the Camouflage Cotillion provides a Hunter’s Appreciation Dinner and dance. As a charity event to benefit military veterans, the annual Hero’s Music Festival provides yet another form of entertainment eagerly awaited by regular visitors.

Lake Ivie is located 55 miles east of San Angelo. The city and surrounding area offer small heritage museums and archeological treasures. One of the most unusual is the 1000-year-old display of pictographs painted on the limestone walls of a rock outcropping near the town of Paint Rock, 15 miles west of the lake. The large array of pictographs are located on private property and, for their protection, can only be viewed as part of an organized guided tour. The spectacular pictographs depict a long history of native residence in the area and show even more recent events such as Spanish churches and massacres of European settlers in the 1840s. The knowledgeable guides can interpret what the scenes are thought to portray and the time periods in which they were painted.

Plan your trip to O.H. Ivie Reservoir to enjoy the water, wildlife, and wooded shoreline. You’ll find it hard to leave.

Things to do at O. H. Ivie Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum

Fish species found at O. H. Ivie Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Bass

O. H. Ivie Lake Photo Gallery

    O. H. Ivie Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

    divider

    Lake Type: Not Known

    Water Level Control: Colorado River Municipal Water District

    Surface Area: 19,149 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,552 feet

    Maximum Depth: 119 feet

    Water Volume: 554,340 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1989

    Drainage Area: 12,647 sq. miles

    Spread the word! Share our O. H. Ivie Lake article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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."


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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.


    Lakes for Vacation and Recreation

    Except as noted, Copyright © LakeLubbers LLC. All Rights Reserved.