Lake Gonzales Story Map

Six miles northwest of Gonzales, Texas, you’ll find Lake Gonzalez. Built in the early 1930’s, the lake is currently owned by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority for hydroelectric power generation, water conservation, and recreational purposes.

Sources:
http://www.twdb.texas.gov/surfacewater/rivers/reservoirs/gonzales/index.asp
Image: https://www.gbra.org/recreation/lakegonzales.aspx

History of Lake Gonzales

Authorization (Permit No. 1096) for this project was issued by the State Board of Water Engineers on June 12, 1929. Construction of the dam began in 1929 and was completed in 1931 by Texas Hydro-Electric Corporation. Impoundment and power generation began at the time of completion. Native aquatic plant species include cattail, pondweed, American lotus, spatterdock, and ruses. Popular lake activities include fishing, boating, swimming, camping and picnicking. The lake is maintained at constant level year round, except during floods.

Sources:
http://www.twdb.texas.gov/surfacewater/rivers/reservoirs/gonzales/index.asp
https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/gonzales/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Gonzales

Lake Gonzales Statistics

  • Primary Purposes: Flood Management, Hydroelectric Power
  • Location: Gonzales County, Texas
  • Construction Dates: 1929 to 1931
  • Lake Area: 696 acres
  • Maximum Depth: 30 ft
Dam Statistics
  • Top of Dam: 332 feet above msl
  • Total Discharge Capacity:
    2,400 kilowatts