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Lake Bridgeport Facts & History

Beautiful home on Lake BridgeportThanks to some serious flooding of the West Fork of the Trinity River resulting in several deaths over the years plus the need to make some work for the poor farmers and ranchers who were on their last leg because of the Great Depression, the Lake Bridgeport project began in 1929.

During the construction of the lake and dam, entire families would camp out onsite in tents so they could make two or three dollars a day to feed their families. Workers drew lots to get sections of the lake to remove mesquite trees or heavily timbered areas. Building of the levees and dam was all done by hand with rocks and other construction materials brought in by wagon from the surrounding area - to keep the locals employed, trucks were not allowed. Despite tough times, there was a lot of excitement among the workers and locals in being a part of what was supposed to be the largest man-made lake in Texas at the time. Construction was completed in 1931.

Lake Bridgeport is 11,954 acres, 20 miles long, has 170 miles of shoreline, and has a maximum depth of 85 feet. The Lake is partially developed with rolling hills and lots of trees. There are several bluffs and a variety of coves that are excellent for swimming, skiing, and fishing. It's a very pretty lake with nine islands and fairly clear water thanks to a rocky shoreline and bottom. The lake offers a great escape from the crowds of an urban setting with its gorgeous cliffs and pristine water. Lake Bridgeport is a popular spot for fishing, recreational boating, and smooth water for boarding, swimming, tubing, or skiing. There is limited camping, a few rental cabins and houses, 5 public ramps, and a couple marinas with gas, ice, bait, and a few supplies.

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    Resources Guide For Lake Bridgeport

    A clickable lake map to help you find fun things to see and do on Lake Bridgeport
    TP&W has some good information on fishing, ramps, marinas, and more
    Read our review of Lake Bridgeport to understand why it is a Texas Outside Favorite and one of the best lakes in Texas
    Rent a boat to explore the lake, go fishing, or find a good cove for swimming
    Lots of good information on Lake Bridgeport
    Cabins and other types of waterfront lodging available for rent on Lake Bridgeport
    RV and primitive site, ramp, picnic and swimming area, public showers, and restrooms
    Use this map to find a nearby golf course - Runaway Bay has a good 18 hole course with some holes on the lake
    Use of of these guides to help you catch a trophy or at least some fish for dinner
    This website provides information on Lake Bridgeport
    Post some comments about Lake Bridgeport

     

     

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