US Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District

Lavon Lake Master Plan Revision

Lavon LakeGeneral Information

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, has completed the revision of the Lavon Lake Master Plan. The Master Plan guides the management of the government lands around the edge of the lake. The Master Plan affects future management of natural resources and recreational opportunities to ensure the sustainability of Lavon Lake.

About Lavon Lake

Facts about Lavon Lake:

  • The original Lavon Dam and Lake was completed in 1954
  • The Lavon Lake enlargement was completed in 1975 almost doubling the size of the lake
  • At conservation (normal) pool elevation the lake covers 21,357 acres
  • At the 100-year flood pool elevation the lake covers 32,700 acres
  • The federal property boundary line is 155 miles long
  • Lavon Lake is the primary source of water for the North Texas Municipal Water District which supplies water to 1.6 million people
  • The federal lands and water surface of Lavon Lake represent the largest, and perhaps most important, outdoor recreation venue in Collin County and the northeastern counties comprising North Central Texas Council Of Governments (NCTCOG)
  • 16,158 acres of land above conservation pool
  • 849 acres of flowage easement

What is a Master Plan?

The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project.

Why Revise the Lavon Lake Master Plan?

Lavon Lake was constructed in 1953 as a flood mitigation project. In the 1960’s the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) recognized a need for increased water supplies to support the growing population. As a result of the study, the NTMWD partnered with USACE to raise the dam and structure roughly twenty feet to its current elevation. This current Master Plan is a revision of the May 13, 1972 Master Plan, which was completed as part of the planned enlargement of Lavon Lake, completed in December 1975. Collin County and adjacent Rockwall and Denton counties each experienced population growths of more than 50 percent during the 2000-2010 census periods. Increased urban growth around the lake and surrounding communities creates a need for bigger roads, more electricity, more water and sewer, and more public recreation opportunities. All of these factors affect management of the Federal lands at Lavon Lake and necessitated a revision of the Master Plan. The process to revise the Lavon Lake Master Plan started in early 2015 and included two public meetings during the study period. The revised Master Plan was approved by the District Commander on September 30, 2016.

The Master Plan Process

Related Files

Final Documents

May 5, 2016 Public Meeting

March 10, 2015 Public Meeting