Portland Cement Reservoir

Another largely unknown oddity on El Paso’s Westside is the Portland Cement Reservoir.  Its a small man made lake that sits between Paisano and I-10.  To get to it you need to exit from Paisano onto Race Track Drive and head towards the Buena Vista Grocery.  You then turn right on Torres Street and drive past a red, 3 story brick building. The road is dirt from there and you are looking for a turn that will take you up hill next to a mobile home that sits on the top.  If you pass a cement plant you have gone to far:

Not to far off the beaten path

It’s easy enough to get to, the first hill between the mobile home and the cement plant was kind of steep but not impassable.  Once up top you pass a large water tower and it should be a little ways off to the left.

Come on in, the water's fine!

I’m guessing Cemex or Jobe uses this for their quarry operations, as there was some sort of pump and line going into the lake.   Schools of mosquito fish were in the water so it must not be to bad.  There was a large presence of algae in the water but it didn’t have any funny or moldy smells. There’s a good chance of seeing a bob cat or even a mountain lion given the presence of birds in the trees and several large jack rabbits that I spooked off.

Over the dam and through the rocks...

Across the dam there was an area that may have been a boat launch at one time.

Boat launch?

From the boat launch area a road continues on the right around the lake. I drove off to the left and found the worlds most desolate ball park:

Batter up!

There wasn’t much more to see so I headed back to the office.  The full Flickr set can be viewed here.

8 thoughts on “Portland Cement Reservoir”

  1. Thank you so much! I pass this thing on my way to work and every day I wonder what the heck it is and try to find how to get to it. Exactly what I was looking for!

  2. yes, all that is private property belonging to the cement factory, it is quite difficult to get caught trespassing though 😉

  3. Thank you for this post! My dog refused to step foot in the water. (But he dove repeatedly into the frothy, smelly, chunky Rio Grande.) I enjoyed the water’s color, though. It’s a striking turquoise not exactly found in nature. Great if you’re a photographer or enjoy pretending to be a photogrqpher as I do. My favorite part was the speed limit signs.

  4. I was just there today… some investor needs to develop a pristine camping destination around that water feature. Shower facilities, paved roads and camping sites, picnic tables, grills, canopies, a playground, shade trees, rental canoes, paddle boards, and a small store for essentials like charcoal, beer, ice etc

  5. I agree with Curtis. What the hell is wrong with this city in not using this gift we have which is natural spring water. This is not man made…it is fed by natural springs and we do nothing with it. This is an abundance of water to bring income to the city and yet it looks vacant! I heard the city of transportation owns it…not the cement companies. Either way, someone is getting money to keep this quiet!

Let me know what you think!