Livingston Dam Facts
  • Lake Livingston is located on the Trinity River, in Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties. The Trinity River is 710 miles long, and is the longest river that flows entirely within the State of Texas.

  • In 1690, Alonso De Leon, called the river, La Santisima Trinidad, The Most Holy Trinity.

  • The Lake Livingston Reservoir was built by the Trinity River Authority.

  • Construction began in 1966 and was completed in 1969.

  • The earthen dam forms Lake Livingston. It is 2.5 miles in length and has an average depth of 55 feet.

  • The Lake Livingston Dam is in Polk and San Jacinto counties.

  • Lake Livingston is the second largest lake located within the borders of Texas.

  • It has over 450 miles of shoreline and 93,000 acres of surface area.

  • Lake Livingston is 39 miles long and 7 miles wide at the widest point. With wide open spaces, Lake Livingston is never too crowded.

  • The average depth of the lake is 23 feet with a maximum depth of 90 feet by the dam.

  • The City of Houston owns two-thirds of the water rights of the lake. TRA (Trinity River Authority) owns the other one-third of the water rights.

  • Lake Livingston is located 50 miles north of Houston and 175 miles southeast of Dallas.Lake Livingston boasts some of the best fishing spots in the State of Texas.

  • Predominant fish species include: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Blue, Channel & Flathead Catfish,White Bass, Striped Bass, and Crappie.

  • The Trinity River flows onward to the south below Lake Livingston, into the Trinity Bay, an arm of Galveston Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, near the town of Anahuac.