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Possum-Kingdom-Lake is a reservoir situated on the Brazos River in north-central Texas. It's about 90 miles northwest of Fort Worth, where the Brazos River cuts through the Palo Pinto Hills. Called "The Great Lake of Texas," Possum Kingdom Lake is known for its' beauty and recreational opportunities. The lake is approximately 17,000 acres with 310 miles of shoreline. Close to one million visitors come to Possum Kingdom Lake each year. There is also a small unincorporated community called Possum Kingdom, but no numbers are available for the population. Towering cliffs surround the lake, with Hell's Gate being the most well-known landmark, located at the south end of the lake. Things to do at Possum Kingdom Lake include boating, fishing, and other water sports, hiking, picnicking and camping. It's a great place for a day trip or a weekend getaway. The lake was originally created from the Morris Sheppard Dam and begun in 1938 and completed in 1941. At completion, engineers estimated the lake would need several years to reach full level. What a surprise when within a few days, heavy rains up river caused the lake to fill within 24 hours.

Surrounding areas: Palo Pinto, Texas (13.8 mi)

Possum Kingdom Lake Vacation Rentals

Possum Kingdom Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Club House Inn & Suites4410 Hwy 180 EastMineral Wells, TX22.2 mi.(940) 325-2270
Ramada Limited4103 Hwy 180 EMineral Wells, TX22.2 mi.(940) 325-6956

Possum Kingdom Lake Weather & Climate

North Texas , in the Prairie and Plains Region, the climate is semi-arid and prone to drought. Annual rainfall is between 16 and 32 inches. This area of state sees the most sunny days throughout the year. On most winter nights, temperatures fall below the freezing mark, but is never frigid. The wettest months of the year are April and May. Tornadoes are common, caused by the convergence of westerly and southerly prevailing winds during the late spring. Poor land management, drought, and high wind speeds may cause large dust storms. Improved land-management practices have improved dust storms somewhat in recent years.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 55°F 27°F 1.48 in. -
February 60°F 32°F 2.21 in. -
March 69°F 40°F 2.72 in. -
April 77°F 48°F 2.77 in. -
May 84°F 59°F 4.77 in. -
June 91°F 67°F 3.75 in. -
July 96°F 71°F 2.52 in. -
August 96°F 70°F 2.65 in. -
September 88°F 61°F 2.83 in. -
October 79°F 49°F 4.00 in. -
November 66°F 38°F 2.34 in. -
December 57°F 29°F 2.02 in. -

Possum Kingdom Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mineral Wells airport (MWL) located about 25 miles southeast of Possum Kingdom Lake in Mineral Wells, Texas, the Fort Worth Meacham International airport (FTW) located approximately 65 miles east of Possum Kingdom Lake in Fort Worth, Texas, the Fort Worth Alliance airport (AFW) located roughly 67 miles east of Possum Kingdom Lake in Fort Worth, Texas, and finally the Fort Worth Spinks airport (FWS) located around 71 miles southeast of Possum Kingdom Lake in Fort Worth, Texas.

Possum Kingdom Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Six Flags Over TexasArlingtonTX80.5 mi.
Boardwalk Fun ParkGrand PrairieTX86.7 mi.
Water Parks
Six Flags Hurricane HarborArlingtonTX80.5 mi.
Native Sun Water ParkLawtonOK118.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Cliffs at Possum Kingdom LakeGrafordTX14.1 mi.
Holiday Hills Country ClubMineral WellsTX22.5 mi.
Breckenridge Country ClubBreckenridgeTX26.4 mi.
Jacksboro Country ClubJacksboroTX28.9 mi.
State Parks
Possum Kingdom State ParkTX5.3 mi. 
Fort Belknap State ParkTX23.1 mi. 
Lake Mineral Wells State ParkTX26.9 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Fossil Rim Wildlife CenterGlen RoseTX62.2 mi.
Fort Worth Zoological ParkFort WorthTX68.4 mi.
Abilene Zoological GardensAbileneTX79.2 mi.
Dallas Aquarium at Fair ParkDallasTX97.8 mi.
Dallas World AquariumDallasTX97.8 mi.
Dallas ZooDallasTX97.8 mi.

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