Eagle Lake is a city in southeastern Colorado County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,758 at the 2010 census. It is home to a golf course, the largest private lake in Texas, and the Eagle Lake Regional Airport, which services light aircraft.
The lake, along with adjacent rice fields, attracts a large variety of migratory birds. The city is known as the "Goose Hunting Capital of the World" and also borders a wildlife preserve.
The first newspaper in Eagle Lake was established by Joseph J. Mansfield in the 1880s.
Lakeside Cemetery on FM 102 in Eagle Lake
Historical marker gives a brief history of Eagle Lake
Old buildings on the corner of McCarty Ave and Main St
Historically, Eagle Lake has been an agricultural community, with rice being the main crop. Other key products include cotton, grain, and cattle, along with sand and gravel from mines in the surrounding area. The city aims to diversify its economy by bringing in manufacturing companies.
In the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the city was $27,101, and the median income for a family was $29,201. Males had a median income of $26,025 versus $20,299 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,426. About 15.0% of families and 19.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.0% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.
City limit sign with Eagle Lake Rice Dryer in the background
Historical marker explains Eagle Lake's rice farming
Colorado County Rice Mill on US 90A and Union Pacific Railroad