Lake Kiowa is a gated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Cooke County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,906 at the 2010 census.
Lake Kiowa is a residential community located in southeastern Cooke County at 33°33′59″N 97°0′27″W (33.566497, -97.007479), around the lake of the same name. The lake is an impoundment on Indian Creek, part of the Trinity River watershed. The community is 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Gainesville, the Cooke County seat.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.7 km2) is land and 0.81 square miles (2.1 km2), or 21.07%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,883 people, 861 households, and 661 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 628.1 people per square mile (242.3/km²). There were 1,064 housing units at an average density of 354.9/sq mi (136.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.45% White, 0.11% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.
There were 861 households out of which 14.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.7% were married couples living together, 2.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.49.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 13.6% under the age of 18, 2.6% from 18 to 24, 14.0% from 25 to 44, 35.4% from 45 to 64, and 34.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $55,430, and the median income for a family was $66,250. Males had a median income of $44,531 versus $27,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $28,354. About 1.7% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 1.5% of those age 65 or over.
Lake Kiowa is a gated, restricted entry community and has its own rules that are typically more restrictive than other cities. The property includes a private 563-acre (2.28 km2) lake, large enough for skiing, tubing, and other controlled boating activities. Wake boats, wake boarding, and wake surfing are strictly prohibited. Abundant fish reside in the lake, and the Lake Kiowa Anglers and Conservation Club maintains small and large fishing areas. There is also a private 18-hole golf course. Two different beach areas offer swimming, volleyball, tennis, and other opportunities. Each beach has picnic areas and a large pavilion is located at the West beach. A 9-hole disc golf course was recently built. The property is policed by a mix of private security, Cooke County Sheriff's Department, and Gainesville Police Department.
Lake Kiowa is governed by an elected board of directors, with each director serving a 3-year term. The terms are offset, with 3 directors coming on each year as 3 are going off. with a Community Manager system, which is overseen by various board members. Since there is no longer a developer, the property owners run the community. Security can issue tickets, handle parking disputes, and enforce community rules. Roads, bridges and infrastructure are maintained by the community. This has been effective for many years and is financially stable. Lake Kiowa is run for, and by, the residents. Kiowa Homeowners Water Supply maintains the water supply.