Silver Creek Reservoir

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Silver Creek Reservoir
Location Marion County, Oregon
Coordinates 44°58′59″N 122°44′46″W / 44.983177°N 122.746200°W / 44.983177; -122.746200Coordinates: 44°58′59″N 122°44′46″W / 44.983177°N 122.746200°W / 44.983177; -122.746200
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Silver Creek
Primary outflows Silver Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 65 acres (26 ha)

Silver Creek Reservoir[1] also known as Silverton Reservoir[2] is a sixty-five-acre impoundment on Silver Creek located in the Cascade foothills 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southeast of the city of Silverton, Oregon, United States on Oregon Route 214.[3] The reservoir serves the purpose of flood control on the creek.[2]

The lake is popular in the spring and summer as a recreation area. Stocked[3] with roughly 20,000 hatchery trout each spring and early summer, the lake also provides opportunities to catch bullhead catfish. Swimming is also quite popular on warm summer days as well as recreational boating, though only electric motors are allowed.

Since the reservoir was created in 1960, there has been fear in Silverton that Silver Creek Dam might someday give way. Though structural engineers have declared the dam safe and deemed the conditions for a dam breach to be almost out of the realm of possibility, US Army Corp of Engineers studies have found that a collapse of the dam would be catastrophic to the city below.[4]

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