Richland Chambers Lake, Texas, USA

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Also known as:  Richland Chambers Reservoir

Richland Chambers Lake (also called Richland Chambers Reservoir) was created between 1982 to 1987, making it the youngest lake in Texas. The Texas legislature adopted a planning and zoning commission to help in development plans around the lake. Richland Chambers Lake, located in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas, is the only lake to have this distinction, which allows for controlled development of communities along the shoreline.

Managed by the Tarrant Regional Water District, Richland Chambers Reservoir has almost 50 communities currently developed around the lake. All communities must be site built homes and follow deed restrictions and home owners association guidelines. An architectural control committee ensures that the community continues in the high standards that it established over 20 years ago.

Located southeast of Corsicana, Richland Chambers Lake was developed as a Fort Worth area water supply. It is the third largest inland lake in Texas, covering 41,356 acres, and offers ample opportunities for boating and fishing. The reservoir is fed by Chambers Creek to the north and Richland Creek to the southwest.

Numerous recreational opportunities exist at Richland Chambers Lake including water skiing, boating, fishing, sailing, and bird watching. Personal watercraft are allowed on the lake. Reported as the largest inland sailing basin in Texas, Richland Chambers Lake offers sailing enthusiasts a perfect place to sail without having to head to the Gulf of Mexico. There is a long East to West run on the Richland arm that allows for good sailing during breezy weather.

Public boat ramps include the Cedar Creek Ramp off CR SE3130, Cheneyboro Ramp off CR 1098, Crab Creek Ramp off CR SE2140, and Highway 309 Park on Texas 309. Public camping is available at several locations around Richland Chambers Lake along with live bait shops and marinas. Boat gas, public restrooms, parking, and picnicking sites are readily available around the lake.

Fishing at Richland Chambers Lake is excellent for catfish, crappie, white bass, and hybrid striped bass. Largemouth bass and sunfish are also present. Anglers look for vegetation and clear water for catches of largemouth bass. The lake produces abundant crappie (both black and white), and is considered one of the best lakes for this type of fish. Crappie catches are most productive with jigs or minnows near bridge crossings and in the timber areas in the upper Richland and Chambers creek arms. Cut bait, stink bait, chicken livers, and worms produce good numbers of catfish.

Located near the Trinity River (a natural flyway for wintering water fowl), Richland Chambers Lake is an excellent place for birders. Expect to see ducks, geese, teal, pelicans, Bald Eagles, and more during late fall and winter months.

Cities close to Richland Chambers Lake include Corsicana, Kerens, Rice, Richland, Streetman, Frost, Dawson, Oak Valley, and Eureka. While there is lodging in these towns, there is nothing like staying on the lake in a cabin or lake home with beautiful waterfront views. Check out vacation rentals on the lake for one of the best weekend get-aways in the Pineywoods of East Texas.

After a day of wakeboarding, skiing, fishing, or swimming, head into town for dining and entertainment, but always keep the serenity of Richland Chambers Lake in your thoughts.

Things to do at Richland Chambers Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Birding

Fish species found at Richland Chambers Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Bass

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    Richland Chambers Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Tarrant Regional Water District

    Surface Area: 41,356 acres

    Shoreline Length: 330 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 314 feet

    Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 304 feet

    Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 317 feet

    Average Depth: 25 feet

    Maximum Depth: 75 feet

    Water Volume: 1,136,600 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1987

    Lake Area-Population: 20,000

    Drainage Area: 1,970 sq. miles

    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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    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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    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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    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 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".

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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.

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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.

    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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    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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