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Early Morning Observations
at Joe Pool Lake

A Photo Essay by John Stankewitz

Frog, Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
Joe Pool Lake is located Between Highway 360 and FM 1382 about 1 Mile S of Interstate 20

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 Hill, Mansfield, and Midlothian. 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.
Dragon flies, Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
Spider, Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
Dragon fly on wheat,  Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
Heron, Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
Fishing in Joe Pool Lake, Texas
Sunset, Joe Pool Lake, Cedar Hill Park, Texas
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