There are 3 branches of the Concho River (North, Middle, and South) as well as 2 pretty reliable creeks (Spring Creek and Dove Creek) which feed the lakes in our immediate area.
Recently, Donna and I drove out to Twin Buttes Reservoir to see how it is doing. There are actually 2 "pools" for this lake, the north pool (fed by the Middle Concho River, Spring Creek, and Dove Creek) and the south pool (fed by the South Concho River). The 2 pools share a common dam and are connected by a channel. On Google Maps, the lake looks like this:
|Twin Buttes Reservoir|
In reality, it doesn't look that good. At top, where "Twin Buttes Reservoir" is written, is the north pool. You can see the blue line running southerly to the much smaller south pool. That blue line is, of course, the connecting channel. The blue area to the east (right) is Lake Nasworthy. San Angelo is east and north of that lake. There is also another lake, O. C. Fisher, on the northwest side of town fed by the North Concho River.
We had not been out to see Twin Buttes Reservoir since February 2012. At that time, I snapped some pictures and encourage you to take a look at them in "Backroads: Sherwood, Texas".
|These are the Twin Buttes for which the reservoir is named.|
At the very end of the paved road is a boat ramp and the best view of the lake. Even though the lake is currently at about 20% capacity, it looks rather pitiful. But there were 4 or 5 trucks there with empty boat trailers, so people are out on the lake in their boats. We did not see them, though, so they must have been around a bend somewhere.
|This is the end of the pavement. You can see the outline of the dam in the distance.|
|Boat ramp is currently accessible, but I don't know for how long. Looks like the level is receding.|
|Although this view of the lake does not show much water, it more clearly shows the dam than those above.|
On the entrance road, we noticed a small ranch with the following sign:
|Alpac-O-Rama near Twin Buttes Reservoir|
|Livestock at Alpac-O-Rama|
|More Alpac-O-Rama livestock|
I'm always amazed at the interesting things we find out here when we get off the main roads and prowl about.