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Lake Texoma
(U.S. Hwy 75A five mi. North of Denison)


Completed 1944, Texoma is today the second largest lake in Texas and the eleventh largest reservoir in capacity in the United States. Its main purposes are flood control, power generation and recreation. Lake Texoma was promoted largely through the efforts of Sam Rayburn (1882-1961), noted Speaker of the House who represented District 4 in Congress for 49 years.

In normal operation, lake shoreline covers 550 miles, with the Red River arm (45 miles) in Texas and the Washita arm (30 miles) in Oklahoma covering 93,080 acres. The waters are impounded by Denison Dam.

When Texoma was created, it caused the relocation of railroads, highways, utilities and cemeteries. The site of Preston, historically the Red River crossing for the Butterfield Stage, was submerged, as were the sites of Hagerman and part of Cedar Mills, Texas.

In 1966 numerous areas on Texoma drew 8,500,000 tourists who could also visit Eisenhower State Park at the southeast end of the lake. The park was named in honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth President of the United States.

Texoma is one of the more than 200 major inland lakes and reservoirs in Texas which contribute greatly to the economic and industrial growth of the state.