Joe Pool Lake
Some parks and boat ramps are closed due to high water or flood damage. Check the Army Corps of Engineers closure report for status updates.
Location: In Tarrant, Ellis, and Dallas
Counties four miles south of Grand Prairie on Mountain Creek,
a tributary of the Trinity River
Surface area: 6,469 acres
Maximum depth: 75 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 522 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 2-4 feet annually
Normal Clarity: Clear (near the dam) to stained
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Corps of Engineers
PO Box 872
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104
Hydrilla and small stands of American pondweed are found throughout the lake
Predominant Fish Species
Lake maps are available at the Corps of Engineers office in Cedar Hill (972) 299-2227. State park maps are available at Cedar Hill State Park. City park maps are available at the Lynn Creek and Lloyd Park headquarters (see access page).
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.
Largemouth bass are the most popular sport fish in the reservoir. The slot length limit is designed to encourage harvest of the smaller bass. White bass, white crappie and channel catfish are also popular with anglers.
The upper third of both arms of Joe Pool Lake is covered with the timber that was left in the lake when it filled. The lower end was cleared, but several large marked brush piles were constructed prior to filling. Numerous flooded stock ponds, bridges, road beds, and other features were left as structure when the lake was built. Hydrilla is found throughout the lake, especially near the dam.
Largemouth bass are often found associated with hydrilla, pondweed, and underwater structural features. Crappie fishing is good under the bridges that cross the two arms of the lake and white bass school in the lower portion of the lake. Find channel catfish near the creek channels.