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A Southwest Airlines jet lands at Dallas Love Field over Bachman Lake
Bachman Lake is located in Texas
Bachman Lake
Bachman Lake
Location in Texas
Location Northwest Dallas, Texas
Coordinates 32°50′56″N 96°52′16″W / 32.84889°N 96.87111°W / 32.84889; -96.87111
Type Artificial lake
Basin countries United States
Surface area 205 acres (83 ha)
Surface elevation 440 ft (130 m)
Settlements Dallas

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.


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, which may be attributed to poor construction management practices and/or normal sedimentation patterns. In April 2019, a City task force 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.

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.
  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
  3. $4 million for a new skate park, which is expected to complete design in 2020 and construction in 2023.

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