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History of Sam Rayburn Lake

Sam Rayburn Lake is formed by an earthfill dam with a crest length of 11,890 feet (3,624 m) and a top width of 38 feet (11.6 m). A reinforced concrete inlet structure near the center of dam houses the flood-control gates and operating equipment. Construction of the dam began September 7, 1956. Deliberate impoundment began March 29, 1965. The lake was built for water supply, flood control, and recreation purposes.