FANNIN COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) — The North Texas Municipal Water District and Fannin County officials celebrated the first major reservoir to be constructed  in Texas for three decades.

Bois d'Arc Lake is 20 years in the making, carrying a $1.6 billion price tag.

"There's been over 1,500 people participating in the construction of it, and hundreds prior to that involved in the planning, the development, the design to lead up to that point," said NTMWD executive director Jenna Covington. 

The lake is located east of Bonham on more than 16,000 acres.

"The dam is approximately two miles long and as high as 90 feet in some places, so it's a tremendous undertaking to get it constructed," Covington said.

This lake is now a new water supply source to fill the need in growing cities served by the North Texas Municipal Water District.

"We have 55,000 people moving in to our service area each and every year," Covington noted.

But that service area does not include Fannin County.

"The primary benefit to Fannin County is development that takes place around the lake," said Fannin County Judge-elect Newt Cunningham. "We'll have new value added to our tax rolls, which will enable us to not increase taxes on property."


Bois d'Arc Lake fact sheet.