| Joe Pool Lake
is located Between Highway 360 and FM 1382 about 1 Mile S of Interstate
One of the only lakes in Texas that drains to the north, Joe Pool
Lake is a 7, 400-acre impoundment with a 64 mile shoreline that serves
as a reservoir for Midlothian.
The northeastern corner is in the city limits of Dallas,
and most of the remainder is in Grand
Prairie, but the lake also touches city limits of Cedar
The lake impounds water from a watershed with a drainage area of 304
square miles and depending on the season, Midlothian
draws from 1 to 9 million gallons daily from the lake.
Named after Joe Pool, a congressman from Oak Cliff, impoundment began
in January 1986, less than a month after completion. The water is
held back by a rolled earthfill dam with a spillway elevation of 536
feet. It took about three and one half years to fill the lake to its
capacity and while fishing, boating and swimming are the main attractions,
the area also provides a sampling of Texas' smaller fauna. The photos
included here were captured by photographer John Stankewitz in 2005.