Lake Ray Hubbard, originally known as Eastern Dallas Lake or Forney Lake, is a freshwater impoundment in the city of Garland in the Dallas metropolitan area. It was formed as a result of the construction of the Rockwall-Forney Dam, which dammed up the East Fork Trinity River and created a reservoir.
The dam is currently owned by the City of Dallas, according to their website. The lake was formerly known as Forney Lake, after the nearby town of Forney, where it is located. After the lake was integrated into the City of Dallas, it was renamed Lake Ray Hubbard in honor of the late Ray Hubbard. From 1943 through 1972, he served as chairman of the Dallas Parks and Recreation System board of directors. As of right now, Dallas Water Utilities is responsible for managing and owning the reservoir.
The project, which was originally intended to deliver water to the North Texas region, began in 1964 and was supervised by the S. and A. Construction Company and the Markham, Brown, and M. C. Winter Construction Company. It was completed in 1968.
The lake was dammed up in 1968, and a 2-mile earthfill dam was built in 1969 to keep it contained. After reaching its maximum intended extent in 1970, the lake was no longer usable.
Because of the city’s geographical growth and the exercise of its extraterritorial authority, the lake and the Interstate 30 bridges are now under the jurisdiction of the city of Dallas, rather than the jurisdiction of the neighboring cities.
Although there is a mutual-aid agreement in existence between Dallas and the other cities, Dallas is ultimately responsible for the situation.
A number of bridges and causeways cross the lake, which is a result of its location in a densely populated area. Most notable are Interstate 30, which has six lanes on a 2.9-mile causeway that bisects the lake, and President George Bush Turnpike, whose eastern expansion was finished in 2012 and includes a 0.9-mile bridge crossing Rowlett Creek.
The 1.8-mile Texas State Highway 66 bridge was built in the 1970s and then twinned in the early 2000s to accommodate increased traffic. It connected the communities of Rowlett and Rockwall, and there are other minor bridges on Rowlett Road and Miller Road. Another feature is the crossing of the Muddy Creek inlet by the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad, which is now a part of Union Pacific and connects to the I-30 causeway.
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