Planning for this project began in the 1960's when City leaders realized that should the City's population growth continue as projected, the City would need another water source. Years of engineering studies, research and soil testing resulted in the recommendation of the current location of Lake Alan Henry. The current location of the John Montford Dam was the closest and best location in which to construct a dam. Application was made to the Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to dam "Water of the United States" in the Brazos River Basin. The application was granted and design work for the dam was completed in the 1980's. Construction began in 1991, and was completed in 1993.


Future Water Supply for the City of Lubbock
Currently, the City of Lubbock uses Lake Meredith (located north of Amarillo) to obtain 80% of its drinking water supply (80%), and uses two ground water well fields in Bailey County (Muleshoe Area) and Roberts Counties (Pampa Area) to obtain the remaining 20%. The ground water from the well fields is withdrawn from the Ogallala Aquifer. Lake Alan Henry is considered a tertiary (third) drinking water supply for future use.

Who's Who?

John T. Montford Dam 
The Dam is named in honor of the Texas Senator John T. Montford, who was instrumental in passing the needed legislation to create Lake Alan Henry. 

Lake Alan Henry 
The lake is named in honor of former Lubbock Mayor Alan Henry for his untiring efforts toward the goal of securing an additional water supply for Lubbock’s residents. 

Sam Wahl Wildlife Mitigation Area 
This area is named in honor of former Water Utilities Director Sam Wahl who began the groundwork necessary to complete construction of the Lake Alan Henry project.

About Us

From 1991-1993, The City of Lubbock, in cooperation with the Brazos River Authority, built the John T. Montford Dam in order to provide a future drinking water supply for the City of Lubbock. The Dam impounds water in the South Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River, thereby creating Lake Alan Henry. In order to allow public water-based recreational access to the lake, the City purchased 580 acres, now designated the Sam Wahl Recreational Area. 

This area was developed to offer water-based recreational opportunities in the Rolling Plains Region of Texas, and serves people from the Texas Panhandle and from New Mexico to Oklahoma. People as far away as Colorado have visited the area. Currently the area offers boating, fishing and primitive camping by fee permit, and is open to the public twenty-four hours per day. The fisheries is rated among the top five in the State of Texas. 

The City of Lubbock also owns and operates the Lake Alan Henry Wildlife Mitigation Area located north, east and south of the John T. Montford Dam. The Wildlife Area consists of over 3,600 acres and is managed under State and Federal guidelines to enhance wildlife habitat. The management of this area is required because the filling of Lake Alan Henry flooded approximately 3,000 acres of existing wildlife habitat. The City offers daytime limited public access to the Wildlife Area for hiking, nature photography and wildlife observation. Limited public hunts may be offered for specific game species by fee permit only. Advance permission from the City of Lubbock's Parks and Recreation Department is required to access the Wildlife Mitigation Area.