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Joe Pool Lake
Located in Tarrant, Ellis, and Dallas Counties, just four miles south of Grand Prairie on Mountain Creek, Joe Pool Lake is a tributary of the Trinity River. It is over 7,000 acres in size and over 70 feet deep at its deepest spot. The lake was impounded in 1986 and has murky water clarity along with a water level that fluctuates from two to four feet annually. Within Joe Pool Lake are small stands of American pondweed, but besides that, there is very little aquatic plant life to speak of.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operates Cedar Hill State Park, which is on the east side of the lake. It and other parks and marinas provide campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, boat ramps, and fishing opportunities. Two other large parks surrounding Joe Pool Lake are run by the City of Grand Prairie on the west side, Lynn Creek Park, and Lloyd Park. On the south end of the reservoir is located Britton Park, which is located on the Mountain Creek arm of the lake.
The predominant fish species of Joe Pool Lake are Florida largemouth bass, white bass, white crappie, and channel catfish. There is a 14-21 inch slot limit for largemouth bass in Joe Pool Lake, which is designed to improve bass growth rates and quality of angler catch. State regulations apply to all other sportfish in Joe Pool Lake. There are many structures that surround the lake for fishing.
Maps of Joe Pool Lake are available at the Corps of Engineers office in Cedar Hill. The office can be contacted at 972.299.2227. Maps of Cedar Hill State Park are available at the park's office, and city park maps are available at the Lynn Creek and Lloyd park headquarters.