Archive for March, 2010

Lake Livingston 40 Years Old

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Lake Livingston celebrated its 40th anniversery in 2009, marking the completion of the impoudment dam in 1969.  The lake, a joint venture of the Trinity River Authority, and the city of Houston which funded the $84 million project, impounds about 1,750,000 acre-feet of water at a normal elevation of 131 feet above mean sea level.  An acre-foot of water is equal to one foot of water covering 1 acre, or about 326,000 gallons.

Most of the water in Lake Livingston is owned by the City of Houston.

The project first became visible in 1958, when the City of Houston announced plans for its development. Political wrangling kept the project from being approved by Houston voters until June of 1964, and construction got underway in 1966.

Redbuds

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Redbuds along FM 980

Redbud trees furnish some of the earliest spring color in the forest country surrounding Lake Livingston. These redbud trees in bloom are along FM 980, near Thomas Lake Rd (FM 3454) close to the Walker-San Jacinto county line.  Dogwood trees bloom a few weeks later.

The East Texas Hill Country

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Lake Livingston is surrounded by the forest lands of the East Texas Hill Country. Texas FM 980, between Hwy 190 and Hwy 19, is an especially attractive drive that skirts the western side of the lake from the center to the northern boundary of the lake near Riverside, TX.  Always scenic, this is an especially pretty area in early spring.  Many lakeside communities lie along this portion of FM 980, notably Waterwood, Emerald Point, Lakeside Village, the Thomas Lake (FM3454) communities, Lakeland, Lake Livingston Heights. Bethy Creek Resort and Cove Marina are also along this route

Lake Livingston Cities

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Three incorporated cities border Lake Livingston:  Point Blank (San Jacinto County), Onalaska (Polk County) and Riverside (Walker County). The cities of Coldspring, Trinity and Livingston are all near Lake Livingston.

Friday, March 19th, 2010

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Welcome To The Lake

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Welcome to the Lake Livingston, Texas blog.  Featured is the State’s second largest lake that has all of its boundries in Texas. Lake Livingston is thirty-nine miles long, seven miles wide at is greatest width, and has an area of 93000 acres. Four hundred and fifty  miles of shoreline exist in San Jacinto, Walker, Trinity and Polk Counties. It is one of the most uncrowded lakes in Texas.