Lake J. B. Thomas
Lake J.B. Thomas was completed
in 1952 and at that time, it was one of the only lakes in West
Texas, an area that was aching for water recreation. For most of
two decades, Lake
Thomas was a booming
community sporting three concessions, hundreds of lakeside cabins and a
resident physician with a medical practice there. The lake was near full for
most of those decades, spilling three times, the last of which was 1962.
By 1970, a drought was
gripping the region which marked the beginning of a different era for Lake Thomas.
Since then, it has rarely been above half full but even at very low levels,
it covers a significant amount of surface acreage, making it very popular
with area fishermen. Catches of black bass around 10 pounds, white
bass, blue cats and crappie are common.
The District has 5 parks, South Side,
Rocky Point, Sandy Beach, Bull Creek and White Island.
South Side is the largest, with an accessible boat ramp even when the lake is
very low. South Side, Rocky Point and Sandy Beach remain open regardless of
lake levels but White
Island and Bull Creek
are dependent on water level. Modern
restrooms, pavilions, fire pits, campsites and boat ramps are maintained for
Day, annual and senior vehicle
permits are available. District regulations and ordinances pertaining to lots,
boating, private docks and more are available in the official
Rules and Regulations