Near our home base in Livingston, TX is a lake. Lake Livingston is very pretty and is the second largest lake in Texas. It’s also man-made. It was created in the 1960s to provide a reservoir of usable water for the city of Houston.
An interesting fact about it is that when the dam was being built and the dimensions of the lake were known, they were published so people who owned what would become lakefront property could build retaining walls. Unfortunately, creating the lake meant that lots of property, including several dairy farms, were submerged and disappeared.
Much of the lakeshore is private homes, there is a state park bordering some of the lake shore.
Here’s a link to a website that has lots of info and pictures from Lake Livingston: http://experiencelakelivingston.com/