DeCordova Bend Dam and Lake Granbury were constructed by the Brazos River
Authority and are maintained and operated by the BRA as a source of
The project was authorized through a permit issued by the State of Texas in
1964. Construction began in December 1966 and was completed by September
1969. The project provides 136,326 acre-feet of storage capacity for
conservation of flood and storm waters to meet requirements of
municipalities, industries, agriculture, and mining.
The reservoir was built without use of tax dollars; having been financed entirely
with revenues from sales of water by the BRA. The principal revenues
used to finance the project are provided under a contract with TXU Electric
Company for purchase of water for industrial use, including cooling water
for a natural gas-fired steam electric power plant on the reservoir and the
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant near Glen Rose. The reservoir also furnishes
raw water to Hood and Johnson counties for municipal use.
The reservoir has five public access areas for picnicking and fishing including
four parks offering primitive camping sites.