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Lake Info: Ray Hubbard, Texas


Lake Ray Hubbard, formerly Forney Reservoir, is a freshwater lake located in Dallas, Kaufman, Collin, and Rockwall County[1], Texas built on the East Fork Trinity River (Texas) and impounded by the Rockwall-Forney Dam.

It measures 22,745 acres (92 km²) in size with a storage capacity of 490,000 acre-feet (604,000,000 m³) and a maximum depth of 40 feet (12 m). The dam is owned by the City of Dallas. Interstate 30 bisects the lake. The lake was named after a living person, Ray Hubbard, who presided over the Dallas Parks and Recreation System board from 1943 to 1972.

Originally designed to provide water to Dallas, the project was started in 1964 and managed by the S. and A. Construction Company and the Markham, Brown and M. C. Winter Construction Company. The lake was impounded in 1968, and a 2-mile earthfill dam was completed in 1969. By 1970 the lake reached its maximum design extent.

The lake and the Interstate 30 bridge are within the jurisdiction of the City of Dallas, rather than the cities surrounding it. There is a mutual aid agreement in place between Dallas and the other cities, but ultimate responsibility lies with Dallas.

There are currently plans from the NTTA to extend George Bush Freeway (190) to Interstate 30, which will result in an additional bridge across the lake. The estimated completion date is 2010.

Facilities and Parks: 

There is no camping around Lake Ray Hubbard, but Robertson Park is a large day-use area with excellent bank fishing access and two boat ramps. Ramps and other services are available at other city parks and private marinas around the lake.

Fishing Description: 

The lake contains a large population of hybrid striped bass, white bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, and white crappie. Several areas of the lake have been infested with hydrilla.

Aquatic Vegetation
There are stands of emergent vegetation in shallow flats and several areas of the lake have been infested with hydrilla.

Angling Opportunities

Hybrid striped bass and blue catfish have become the most abundant sportfishes in the lake in the last few years. With submersed vegetation becoming more abundant largemouth bass angling has improved. White bass, channel catfish and white crappie fishing continue to be good.

Fishing Cover/Structure

In the area above Interstate 30, standing timber is the most abundant structure and cover in Lake Ray Hubbard. Hydrilla is found in certain areas and attracts largemouth bass. The rock riprap along roadways that cross the reservoir is excellent for fishing.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

The heated discharge area on the west side south of I30 is a good place to fish for all kinds of sportfish in Ray Hubbard. Humps and points that extend into the lake are your best bets for hybrids and white bass. Largemouth bass will be found around vegetation or along riprap. Look for submerged brush piles to hold crappie and white bass schooling in the lower lake in the summer.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
White Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Hawgy's Bait & Tackle
  • 709 N Virginia St, Ste 20 - Terrell, TX
  • (972) 620-6320
    Marco's Fisherman Supply
  • 696 E Interstate 30 - Garland, TX
  • (972) 226-5577

Boat Rental

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

  • 9630 Lake June Rd - Dallas, TX
  • (972) 286-8404

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