Saltwater in the Red River: Over 250 million years ago, a large ocean covered the lands modernly known as Oklahoma & Texas. The body of water evaporated over time which left behind large salt deposits. The salt was eventually covered by new layers of dirt and rock, but salt works its way up through the ground into the Red River – as much as 3,450 tons per day. For this reason, striped bass are able to thrive and breed self-sustaining populations in Lake Texoma today.
The lake a surface area of over 93,000 acres.
There are a few notable cities within an hour of the lake – Sherman, Denison, & Gainesville in Texas & Durant in Oklahoma.
There are several small islands on the lake accessible only by boat.
According to USACE’s website, Lake Texoma has crested the spillway (640’ elevation) a total of five times: 1957, 1990, 2007, and twice in 2015.