|Location||Sierra Nevada Foothills
Amador County, California
Calaveras County, California
|Operator(s)||East Bay Municipal Utility District|
|Dam and spillways|
|Height||345 ft (105 m)|
|Length||1,337 ft (408 m)|
|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)|
|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. 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. 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.
- List of dams and reservoirs in California
- List of lakes in California
- List of largest reservoirs of California
- List of the tallest dams in the United States
- Department of Water Resources (2009). "Station Meta Data: Pardee Dam (PAR)". California Data Exchange Center. State of California. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- Columbia Gazeteer (2000)
- EBMUD history
- St. Mary's Magazine
- "Build Dam In Record Time". Popular Science Monthly: 55. March 1930.
- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. CA-168, "Pardee Dam, Mokulumne River, Valley Springs vicinity, Calaveras County, CA"
- HAER No. CA-168-A, "Pardee Dam, Powerhouse"
- HAER No. CA-168-B, "Pardee Dam, South Spillway"
- HAER No. CA-168-C, "Pardee Dam, Intake Tower"
- HAER No. CA-168-D, "Pardee Dam, Jackson Creek Spillway"