Lake Spaulding Dam

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Yuba River watershed

Lake Spaulding Dam[1] (National ID # CA00358) is a dam in Nevada County, California.

Owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric, the 275-foot (84 m)-high dam was completed in 1913[2] for hydroelectric power generation. It impounds the South Fork of the Yuba River, which originates near Donner Pass. At the time of construction it was the highest dam in California,[3] and one of ten PG&E hydroelectric facilities.[4] The nearby settlement of Camp Spaulding, California was established to house workers.

Lake Spaulding, the reservoir created by the dam, has a capacity of 74,773 acre feet (92,231,000 m3)[2] and supports recreational camping, boating, fishing, and underwater diving.[5]

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  1. ^ "Lake Spaulding 97-029 Dam". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Dams Within the Jurisdiction of the State of California (H-M)". California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Cassier's engineering monthly, Volumes 43-44, page 107
  4. ^ The Electric journal, Volume 12, by Electric Club, Westinghouse Club, page 265
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Coordinates: 39°19′38″N 120°38′34″W / 39.32714°N 120.64287°W / 39.32714; -120.64287