Possum Kingdom Lake
Morris Sheppard Dam
Possum Kingdom Lake, located on the main stem of the Brazos
River northwest of Fort Worth, was the first water supply reservoir constructed
in the Brazos River basin. The project was authorized through a
permit issued by the State of Texas in 1938.
Located in Young, Palo Pinto, Stephens, and Jack Counties, the
construction of the Morris Sheppard Dam was begun in 1938 and completed in 1941
with the aid of the Works Progress Program.
Possum Kingdom Lake covers an area of 16,716 acres with 219 miles of shoreline. The reservoir holds approximately 540,340 acre-feet of water with
230,750 acre-feet available as water supply for the Brazos basin. Depth of the lake varies with the original terrain of the area and is approximately 100 feet at the
Named for the United States senator who was instrumental in obtaining funding for the project, the Morris Sheppard dam is 2,700 feet long and 190
feet high. The dam consists of nine crest "roof weir" type gates, each approximately 74 feet long and 13 feet high for the passage of floodwaters. Each gate passes
approximately 9,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water when open. The Morris Sheppard dam was originally constructed with a hydro electric generating facility that
is no longer in use.
Possum Kingdom receives millions of recreation visitors annually. Major activities on the lake include fishing, water skiing, scuba diving and award
winning hike and mountain bike trail system. The lake's amenities include public fishing piers, six public boat ramps, eight public access areas and a total of 400 camp