Lake Tyler in East Texas
Lake Tyler (or Lake Tyler West) and Lake Tyler East are located adjacent to each other, connected via a canal.
Situated just east of Tyler, Texas, these are the largest lakes in the area in addition to Lake Palestine.
Lake Tyler functions as a major recreation center for this area, and as a supply of drinking water for the City, under strict sanitary controls. The City of Tyler Lake Tyler Department maintains the park areas adjacent to the lake.
In addition, numerous homesites and waterfront lots make this a popular residential area with unlimited real estate options, from weekend camps to year-round upscale homes.
Lake Tyler (West), built in 1949, covers 2,224 surface acres and serves as the major source of water supply to the Tyler metro area. Lake Tyler (East), completed in 1966, covers an additional 2,276 acres.
The maximum depth of the lakes is 40 feet, and the average depth is about 17.6 feet. The conservation pool elevation is 375 feet above mean sea level. Fluctuation is about 2 feet.
It has storage capacity of over 15 billion gallons (43,500 acre feet) at spillway elevation, and a watershed area of 42 square miles (27,000 acres). Lake Tyler is located on Prairie Creek, a tributary of Mud Creek, and lies in the Angelina River watershed.
Camp Tyler, an outdoor learning center located on 350 acres on Lake Tyler, opened in 1949. The camp provides physical, education, and social resources for the children of East Texas. more information about Camp Tyler
Lake Tyler was the location of the HGTV Dream Home promotion in 2005. The 6,500 square feet house was occupied for a couple of years by the winner of the contest, but was sold at public auction in January, 2008, for $1.3 million.
In December 2011, the Tyler City Council granted approval of Sandy Beach, an exclusive 11-lot development on the east side of Lake Tyler. The bidding on leases on these lots will begin at $250,000. Annual lease payments will also be collected by the City.
Lake Tyler looking north from the marina and dam