Belton Lake is located on the Leon River 16.7 miles upstream of the confluence of the Leon River and the Little River. It is in the northern part of Bell County, Texas about three miles north of the City of Belton and approximately eight miles west of the City of Temple, Texas. The Lake area lies within Bell and Coryell Counties.
Belton Lake was completed in 1954 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to control flooding within the Brazos River Basin. Before the waters of Belton Lake filled the Tennessee Valley, sixteen communities flourished there. The histories of these communities provide great insight into rural life before and after the turn of the century. Each town had its own individual characteristics, but it is obvious that as a whole, the residents were hard-working, God-fearing, and industrious people. They endured Indian raids, the Great Depression, and consecutive World Wars. Go back in time to the early days of Bell County, Texas, and discover the unique communities of Brookhaven, Sparta, and Pokerville/Bland.