Inks Dam

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Inks Dam
Roy B Inks Dam.jpg
Official nameInks Dam
LocationBurnet / Llano counties, Texas, United States
Coordinates30°43′52″N 98°23′5″W / 30.73111°N 98.38472°W / 30.73111; -98.38472Coordinates: 30°43′52″N 98°23′5″W / 30.73111°N 98.38472°W / 30.73111; -98.38472
Construction began1936
Opening date1938
Operator(s)Lower Colorado River Authority
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsColorado River
Height96.5 feet (29.4 m)
Length1,547.5 feet (471.7 m)
Width (base)75.1 feet (22.9 m)
Reservoir
CreatesInks Lake
Power Station
Turbines1
Installed capacity13.8 MW

Inks Dam was constructed from 1936 to 1938 and forms Inks Lake, one of the seven Texas Highland Lakes. The dam is located at 30.7307 -98.3842 about 10 miles (16 km) west-southwest of Burnet, Texas. It was constructed to provide hydroelectric power, and helps buffer the large changes in water flow Buchanan Dam, 3 miles (5 km) upstream, tends to produce, it is the smallest dam in the Texas Highland Lakes chain, and is the only one that does not have floodgates. Water passes through the hydroelectric turbines or over the spillway.

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