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February 2022
Laying the Groundwork for Fishing at Lake Ralph Hall 
Fish habitat in the lake footprint created from cut timber

North Texas will have another new fishing destination once Lake Ralph Hall is filled and open for recreation. While construction of the dam is underway, adolescent fish will make their new home in a pond that will eventually become part of the lake. 
Lake Ralph Hall will be stocked with a variety of advanced fingerlings (young fish about the size of a finger) as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Toyota ShareLunker program. Texas Parks and Wildlife plans to stock bass and threadfin gamefish in the pond this spring so they can mature and establish a healthy population by the time Lake Ralph Hall fills up.
To help these future aquatic inhabitants, construction crews are strategically leaving some timber standing as they clear the future lake’s footprint. The standing timber will provide fish habitat, while cut timber will be collected for the Visitor Center and other local uses. In addition, crew members will create fish habitat structures by arranging rocks, logs and brush into piles and strapping them down with steel cables and earthen anchors. These structures will ideally be 20-30 feet under the lake’s surface to provide ideal fish spawning areas. Stay on top of the latest fish stocking-related information on the lake’s website at

Check out our new Lake Ralph Hall video - see key aspects of the project's history and construction, including an update on current accomplishments.
Mitigation Is In the Works

Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) selected its full-service mitigation contractor in February for the Lake Ralph Hall project. Texas Mitigation Solutions will be doing all environmental restoration associated with the lake’s construction. This will include the restoration of some minor tributaries as well as the original North Sulphur River downstream of the Leon Hurse Dam.

FM 1550 Construction Begins

Workers are now clearing the way for a new portion of FM 1550 that will route traffic around the future #LakeRalphHall. The new roadway will be built generally along the existing County Roads 3444 and 3443, which will remain open during construction (no traffic should be impacted). UTRWD has worked with property owners along the road’s future route to secure land for the project. Full construction is set to begin in March after clearing is finished and will take about a year to complete

Upper Trinity Regional
Water District

900 North Kealy Avenue
Lewisville, Texas 75067
(972) 219-1228
Lake Ralph Hall Office
10910 State Highway 34
Ladonia, Texas 75449
(903) 367-7008
Hours: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., M–F,
or by appointment
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