David Hughes asks: I heard that Lake Houston is a man-made lake. Is that true and, if so, when was it made? Well, I knew that Lake Houston was man-made, but I didn't know much more. I love Wikipedia and credit the site and The Handbook of Texas Online for the following information: Lake Houston is a reservoir on the west fork of the San Jacinto River, 15 miles northeast of downtown Houston. The reservoir is the primary municipal water supply for the City of Houston and much of the surrounding area. A sedimentation survey made in 1965 records a storage capacity of 146,700 acre-feet and a surface area of 12,240 acres at the spillway crest elevation of 43.8 feet above mean sea level. The drainage area above the dam is 2,828 square miles. The reservoir was created in 1953 when the City of Houston built the dam to impound a reservoir to replace Sheldon Lake, then the primary source of water for the city. The city sold Sheldon Lake to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for use as a waterfowl sanctuary and public fishing site. Is there something you've always wanted to know but just don't have time to look into it? Each week, one reader's question will be printed with an answer, based upon the responses given by the appropriate official (store owner, etc.). Ask away ... I'll do my best to do the legwork for you. Please send your questions to Patsy Oliver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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