Bachman Recreation Center
Bachman Recreation Center

Bachman Lake
northeastern trailhead. Today, Bachman Lake is used as a recreational area that includes the Bachman Recreation Center, several picnic areas, and a playground

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Bachman LakeA Southwest Airlines jet lands at Dallas Love Field over Bachman LakeLocationNorthwest Dallas, TexasCoordinates32°50′56″N 96°52′16″W / 32.84889°N 96.87111°W / 32.84889; -96.87111Coordinates: 32°50′56″N 96°52′16″W / 32.84889°N 96.87111°W / 32.84889; -96.87111Typeartificial lakeBasin countriesUnited StatesSurface area205 acres (83 ha)Surface elevation440 ft (130 m)SettlementsDallas

Bachman Lake is a small freshwater lake located in the Bachman Lake community of northwest Dallas, Texas (USA). It covers 205 acres (0.83 km2) and lies on the northwest boundary of Dallas Love Field in the airport's landing path and the western boundary of the upscale Bluffview neighborhood. At the Western end of the lake, DART provides transit service at Bachman Station, including light rail service via the Green Line and Orange Line.

Contents History & Development

Bachman Lake was originally constructed in 1903 by damming Bachman Branch as a water source for Dallas, but it proved to be too small for the city's needs which led to the construction of White Rock Lake in 1911. Today, Dallas Water Utilities operates the Bachman Water Treatment Plant (WTP), which is the city's oldest operating water treatment plant still in operation.[1]

The area surrounding the lake is currently[when?] a hot bed of new construction. The Shops at Bluffview brought 260,000 square feet (24,000 m2) of upscale apartment, retail, restaurant and office development to the area in 2008. In 2019, Trinisc Residential completed the Aura at Bluffview[2], a 473-unit Class A apartment community on the lake's northeastern trailhead.


Today, Bachman Lake is used as a recreational area that includes the Bachman Recreation Center, several picnic areas, and a playground. A 3.3-mile (5.3 km) paved trail for pedestrians and cyclists surrounds the lake with fitness stations, benches, water fountains, restrooms, and picnic areas at several locations.

Bachman Lake also serves as the home of the Dallas Rowing Club and supports sailing and rowing with a marina and boathouse. Fishing is also permitted as the lake is regularly stocked with catfish (see Stocking Schedule). The feeding of wildlife is prohibited due to the lake's location in the flight path of Love Field.

Planned Improvements

The lake has recently been the subject of media interest over the development of an island in the middle,[3] which may be attributed to poor construction management practices and/or normal sedimentation patterns. In April 2019, a City task force[4] voted to recommend a "maintain the lake" option that would ultimately keep the lake's existing size and footprint largely intact by repairing the lake's dam and dredging the lake to remove sediment.[5]

In 2017, City voters approved bond propositions that include $11.4 million for parks projects around Bachman Lake including:

  1. $3.9 million for the renovation of Bachman Recreation Center, scheduled to be completed in August 2020.[6]
  2. $3.5 million for a new regional aquatics center called the "Bachman Family Aquatics Center". As of August 2019, the project is in the design phase and is scheduled to complete construction by June 2021[7]
  3. $4 million for a new skate park, which is expected to complete design in 2020 and construction in 2023.[8]
  1. ^ "City of Dallas 2019 Water Conservation Plan" (PDF). Dallas City Hall. 2019-04-24. Retrieved cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ "New apartments will replace bit of old England in Northwest Dallas". Dallas News. 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. ^ Article in the "Dallas Morning News"
  4. ^ "Finally, Bachman Lake will be more than northwest Dallas' puny version of White Rock". Dallas News. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  5. ^ "Memorandum | Love Field/Bachman Lake –Feasibility Study" (PDF). 2019-08-05. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-08-05. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  6. ^ "Construction Projects | Dallas Parks, TX - Official Website". Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  7. ^ "2017 Dallas Bond Program project-detail". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  8. ^ "2017 Dallas Bond Program project-detail". Retrieved 2019-08-06.
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