Pardee Dam

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Pardee Reservoir & Pardee Dam as seen from the Pardee Road overlook.
Pardee Dam
Location Sierra Nevada Foothills
Amador County, California
Calaveras County, California
Coordinates 38°15′27″N 120°51′01″W / 38.2574°N 120.8502°W / 38.2574; -120.8502Coordinates: 38°15′27″N 120°51′01″W / 38.2574°N 120.8502°W / 38.2574; -120.8502
Opening date 1929
Operator(s) East Bay Municipal Utility District
Dam and spillways
Impounds Mokelumne River
Height 345 ft (105 m)
Length 1,337 ft (408 m)
Creates Pardee Reservoir
Total capacity 210,000 acre·ft (260,000,000 m3)
Catchment area 575 sq mi (1,490 km2)
Surface area 2,134 acres (864 ha)
Power station
Installed capacity 23.6 MW
Annual generation 105,290,000 KWh
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pardee Dam
Pardee Dam bridge
Carries Pardee Dam Road
Width 16 ft (4.9 m)

Pardee Dam is a 345-foot (105 m)-high structure across the Mokelumne River which marks the boundary between Amador and Calaveras Counties, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada approximately 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Stockton.

The impounded water forms Pardee Reservoir, the primary source of water for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The reservoir normally covers 3 sq mi (7.8 km2) with a 215,000 acre·ft (265,000,000 m3) capacity and 37 miles of shoreline.[1] California state law prohibits human body to water contact within Pardee Reservoir, so water skiers, jet skis, and lake swimmers are forbidden, but boating and fishing remain popular activities.[2] The water is transported from Pardee Reservoir across the Central Valley via the triple steel pipe Mokelumne Aqueduct to several storage reservoirs located in the hills east of San Francisco Bay which supply drinking water to the East Bay region. The water is also used to generate electric power and for recreation.

Both the dam and its reservoir are named for George Pardee, a prominent Progressive Era politician in the Bay Area who also served as Governor of California.

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  1. ^ "Pardee Lake". Retrieved Jan 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Pardee Lake Recreation". Retrieved Jan 9, 2015. 

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