Jemez Canyon Dam
|Jemez Canyon Dam|
|Location||Sandoval County, New Mexico|
|Purpose||Flood control and storm water management|
|Owner(s)||United States Army Corps of Engineers|
|Dam and spillways|
|Height||150 feet (46 m)|
|Length||870 feet (270 m)|
|Surface area||2.2 square miles (5.7 km2)|
The earthen dam was constructed in 1953 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, with a height of 150 feet and a length at its crest of 870 feet. It impounds the Jemez River for flood control and storm water management in the spring and early summer seasons. The dam is owned by the Corps of Engineers, and operated by the Corps and the Cochiti Lake Project Office.
The reservoir it creates, Jemez Canyon Reservoir, has a normal water surface of 2.2 square miles and a maximum capacity of 264,700 acre-feet. Normal storage is about one tenth that volume. Recreation is limited. There is no access to the water. All land surrounding the reservoir, except a small day-use area with picnic facilities and a scenic overlook, is the property of the Santa Ana Indian Reservation, with restricted access.