Lake Tyler in East Texas
Lake Tyler looking north from the marina and dam
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.
Ownership by the City of Tyler
Lake Tyler functions as a major recreational center for the area, and as a supply of drinking water for the City of Tyler.
The Lake Tyler Department of the City of Tyler maintains the park areas adjacent to the lake.
The rules and regulations for Lake Tyler and Lake Tyler East are outlined in Chapter 19, Article VI of the City of Tyler Code of Ordinances.
Charcteristics of the Lakes
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.
about Lake Tyler
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.
Popular recreational activities include boating, water skiing, fishing, camping, hiking and swimming.
Major attractions and facilities are located at these venues:
- Lake Tyler Marina Resort
- The Boulders at Lake Tyler
- Lake Tyler Petroleum Club
- 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.
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.
|Docking faciiities at the Lake Tyler Marina Resort|
|The Boulders at Lake Tyler offers cabin rentals along with a bathhouse|
|Festive nightime view of the Petroleum Club at Lake Tyler in Texas|
Lake Tyler Water Levels ... Conservation Pool Elevation is 375.40'
USGS Identifier 08034000
Chart and Data Courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
HGTV Dream Home
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.