Brady Creek Reservoir Story Map

Brady Creek Reservoir is located three miles west of Brady in McCulloch County, Texas. It's on Brady Creek, a tributary of the San Saba River which is a tributary of the Colorado River. The reservoir is owned and operated by the City of Brady for municipal and industrial water supply as well as for recreational purposes. The State Board of Water Engineer issued Water Right Permit (No. 1953) for this project on May 2, 1960. Construction of the Dam began on December 27, 1961 and was completed on May 14, 1963. Deliberate impoundment of water started on May 22, 1963.

Brady Creek Reservoir

History of Brady Creek Reservoir

Brady creek, which has flowing water throughout most of its course, is dammed in its upper reaches at Camp Billy Gibbons, a Boy Scout camp belonging to the Comanche Trail Council, and again at the Brady Reservoir, three miles west of Brady in McCulloch County. (Texas State Historical Association)

In 1962 a significant rain event threatened construction by filling the reservoir ahead of schedule,. It had originally been predicted to take two years of regular rainfall to fill. The dam is an earthfill embankment 8,400 feet long and 104 feet high with an elevation at the top of 1,783 feet above mean sea level. The uncontrolled emergency spillway is located at the right end of the dam with crest elevation at 1,762.4 feet above mean sea level. The reservoir has a conservation storage capacity of 30,430 acre-feet encompassing a surface area of 2,020 acres at the conservation pool elevation (crest of service spillway) of 1,743 feet above mean sea level. The dam controls a drainage area of 508 square miles. The USGS has a gage measuring the reservoir levels on the south-east side of the reservoir at the dam: USGS: 08144900.

Brady Creek Reservoir Statistics

  • Primary Purposes: Water Storage
  • Location: McColloch
  • Construction Dates: 1961 to 1963
  • Lake Capacity: 30,430 acre-feet
  • Full Elevation: 1,743 mean sea level (msl)
Dam Statistics
  • Dam Dimensions: 104 feet high , 8,400 feet long
  • Spillway Elevation: 1,763 feet above msl
  • Top of Dam: 1,783 feet above msl
Current Conditions

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