Possum Kingdom Lake

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Possum Kingdom Lake Information

Known as P.K. to the locals, Possum Kingdom Lake is famous for its clear blue water and "hells gate," a channel which cuts between an island and a row of cliffs. Located on the Brazos River about 80 miles west of Fort Worth, Possum Kingdom covers roughly 17,700 acres with 310 miles of shoreline. Depth of the lake varies with the original terrain of the area and is approximately 100 feet at the dam site.

With an estimated three million visitors annually, Possum Kingdom Lake is one of the most popular recreation lakes in north Texas for water sports, fishing camping and hiking. Possum Kingdom State Park, west of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County, is 1528.7 acres adjacent to Possum Kingdom Lake.

Construction of the Morris Sheppard Dam, built primarily for water conservation and flood control, started on May 28, 1938 under the authority of the Brazos River Authority and was completed on March 20, 1941. The dam is 2,740 feet long and stands 190 feet high with buttressed arched wings on either side of the nine spillway gates rather than the usual filled concrete.

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Possum Kingdom Lake Weather Forecast

Saturday

Hot

Hi: 102

Saturday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 77

Sunday

Hot

Hi: 101

Sunday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 77

Monday

Hot

Hi: 97

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 76

Tuesday

Hot

Hi: 98

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 77


Possum Kingdom Lake Water Level (last 30 days)


Water Level on 6/23: 997.32 (-1.68)



Possum Kingdom Lake Fishing Report from TPWD (Jun. 20)

Water fairly clear; 78–87 degrees; 1.6’ low. Black bass are fair to good on topwaters early and late, midday switching to Carolina rigs, jigs, drop shot rigs, Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on live minnows around structure in 14–22 feet. White bass are fair to good on slabs. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are good on live and cut bait.