I became engaged in a debate at work and I'm trying to track down an answer to the following: are there any natural (not man-made) lakes within a 3-hour drive of Dallas Texas?

Keep in mind that this would also include parts of Oklahoma and the Red River. Surely there must be at least 1 natural lake in that radius . . . right?

  • @gerrit Is this a serious comment? Three hours in a car is a LONG distance and when you turn into a radius, that is A LOT of land area. No lakes in that much area would be quite a feat. May 31, 2018 at 14:49
  • @UnknownCoder Questions on this site are supposed to be for practical questions about travel, so I think the objection is the arbitrariness of the radius you've set where a particular geologic/hydrologic feature must exist. Are there snowcapped peaks within three hours of Dallas? Ocean beaches? And why three hours? Even one hour in a car is a "long" distance at Texas speed limits and by East Coast standards. :-)
    – choster
    May 31, 2018 at 16:13
  • @UnknownCoder Yes, it is. Natural lakes require a particular climate and geography. It's entirely conceivable that a region with a 500 km diameter has no place where those conditions are met.
    – gerrit
    Jun 1, 2018 at 8:25

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Roebuck Lake, an oxbow lake off the Red River, ought to qualify.

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