Value to the Nation Fast Facts

Lake Level Report

US Army Corps of Engineers — Value to the Nation

Natural and recreational resources at Corps lake(s) provide social, economic and environmental benefits for all Americans. Following are facts related to the Corps role managing natural and recreational resources in WRIGHT PATMAN DAM AND LAKE.



State: Texas

Congressional District: TX04

Watershed: Red-Sulphur

USACE District: Fort Worth District

USACE Division: Southwestern


Facilities in FY 2013

  • 22 recreation areas 
  • 186 picnic sites 
  • 543 camping sites 
  • 10 playgrounds 
  • 4 swimming areas 
  • 11 number of trails 
  • 15 trail miles 
  • 1 fishing docks 
  • 22 boat ramps 
  • 73 marina slips 

Public Outreach in FY 2013

  • 2,373 public outreach contacts

Visits (person-trips) in FY 2012*

  • 901,369 in total
  • 22,893 picnickers
  • 32,294 campers 
  • 35,359 swimmers 
  • 6,784 water skiers 
  • 139,379 boaters 
  • 494,167 sightseers 
  • 213,107 fishermen 
  • 2,271 hunters 
  • 74,381 others

Benefits in Perspective

By providing opportunities for active recreation, Corps lakes help combat one of the most significant of the nation's health problems: lack of physical activity.

Recreational programs and activities at Corps lakes also help strengthen family ties and friendships; provide opportunities for children to develop personal skills, social values, and self-esteem; and increase water safety.


Economic Data in FY 2012*

901,369 visits per year resulted in:

  • $29,634 (thousands) in visitor spending within 30 miles of the Corps lake.
  • $14,325 (thousands) in sales within 30 miles of the Corps lake.
  • 238 jobs within 30 miles of the Corps lake.
  • $5,382 (thousands) in labor income within 30 miles of the Corps lake.
  • $8,698 (thousands) in value added within 30 miles of the Corps lake.

With multiplier effects, visitor trip spending resulted in:

  • $20,199 (thousands) in total sales.
  • 292 jobs.
  • $7,314 (thousands) in labor income.
  • $12,359 (thousands) in value added (wages & salaries, payroll benefits, profits, rents, and indirect business taxes).

Benefits in Perspective

The money spent by visitors to Corps lakes on trip expenses adds to the local and national economies by supporting jobs and generating income. Visitor spending represents a sizable component of the economy in many communities around Corps lakes.

How these numbers were calculated.


Resources in FY 2013

  • 78,812 land acres
  • 33,750 water acres
  • 203 shoreline miles

Benefits in Perspective

Recreation experiences increase motivation to learn more about the environment; understanding and awareness of environmental issues; and sensitivity to the environment.

*Visitation data for fiscal year (FY) 2013 are not currently available; therefore, the visitation and economic data fields shown on this sheet reflect the latest reliable values (FY 2012). These fields will be updated as the data becomes available.

Source: Value to the Nation web site at
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