The original site of the Brown County seat of Brownwood was on the east of Pecan Bayou. A dispute arose over land and water rights, and the settlers were forced to find a new location. Greenleaf Fisk donated sixty acres re-locate the county seat to the west side of the bayou, on what is now the current site of Brownwood, and one hundred additional acres for county use. The town was incorporated in 1884. Brownwood is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, Texas, United States. The population was 18,813 at the 2000 census.Lake Brownwood is located north of the city. The lake is a 7,300-acre (30 Square kilometers) reservoir created by damming the Pecan Bayou. There is a wide variety of fish in the lake:large mouth bass, small mouth bass, white bass, stripers, white crappie, yellow cat, flathead cat, perch, and gar. Camping, water skiing, jet skiing, and boating are available. It is home of the Lake Brownwood State Park, a 538-acre (2.18Square kilometers) area which opened in 1938.