Helpful Lake Ray Hubbard Area Websites
- Rockwall Texas Living Video Blog – Video blog on the Rockwall and Heath Texas Area
- Rockwall Neighborhoods – Official Neighborhood Website for Rockwall Texas
- Heath Neighborhoods -Official Neighborhood Website for Heath Texas
- Buffalo Creek Estates – Official Neighborhood Website for Buffalo Creek in Heath Texas
Located 20 miles Northeast of downtown Dallas on I-30, Rockwall is the best kept secret of the Dallas Texas Metroplex for lakeside-style living, yet still maintains the amenities that big cities offer.
History of Lake Ray Hubbard
In the years before Lake Ray Hubbard was built, it was a river bottom known to locals as “the bottom.” Folks would head to the bottom to picnic, camp, fish, and do some hand fishing (or “noodling”). The north end of the river was home to an old moonshiner’s cabin. Interestingly, even today some of the old river levees can still be spotted in some areas around the lake.
Then, in 1957, White Rock Lake in Dallas dried up for a time. Suddenly, the push was on to develop another lake in the county, and Dallas Mayor R.L. Thornton and Dallas Park Board member Ray Hubbard had their eyes on Rockwall County. This was not a popular idea with the cotton farmers who lived in the Rockwall area. Nevertheless, in 1959, the state of Texas granted the permits for a lake to be developed in Rockwall.
Dallas annexed 22,745 acres for water coverage and then purchased additional lakefront parcels. The largest purchased land was 6000 acres from EBS ranch, which covers the southwest area of the lake up to approximately Robertson Park.
By 1967, work on the dam was complete. Engineers expected it would take 3-5 years for the lake to completely fill with water, but it hit capacity in 1968.
Since the lake was built to serve as an emergency water supply for the City of Dallas, engineers originally wanted to remove all the trees from the lake bed — one tree can take up many gallons of water storage space. Happily for all the fisherman who hit the lake every weekend, the lake levels rose so quickly that the timber was never cleared and Lake Ray Hubbard remains a popular destination for local fishermen and boaters.
- Exemplary Schools
- Fun lakeside-style living
- Plenty of neighborhood parks and trails
- Great local culture and restaurants
- Only 20 minutes away from Dallas
- Rockwall is just a short drive away from popular lakes like: Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Tawakoni and Lake Lavon.
Helpful Rockwall Information
- Rockwall Economic Development Corporation – www.rockwalledc.com
- Chamber of Commerce – 972.771.5733 – www.rockwallchamber.org
- Post Office: 609 S Goliad Street – 972.722.5150
- City Departments: www.rockwall.com – 385 S. Goliad – 972.771.7700
Public Works / Engineering: 972.771.7746
- Police Department: 205 W. Rusk St. – 972.771.7717
- Fire Department: 305 E Boydston Ave. – 972.771.7770
- Helping Hands: www.rockwallhelpinghands.com – 950 Williams St. – 972.771.4357
Rockwall Central Appraisal District: 972.771.2034 – www.rockwallcad.com
- Rockwall Utility Billing – 972.771.7736
- Atmos Energy Gas – 1.888.286.6700
- AT&T – 1.800.464.7928
- TXU Electric – 1.800.818.6132