Sweetwater Reservoir

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Sweetwater Reservoir
Coordinates 32°41′49″N 116°59′14″W / 32.69694°N 116.98722°W / 32.69694; -116.98722Coordinates: 32°41′49″N 116°59′14″W / 32.69694°N 116.98722°W / 32.69694; -116.98722[1]
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Sweetwater River
Primary outflows Sweetwater River
Catchment area 180 square miles (470 km2)
Basin countries United States
Built April 7, 1888 (1888-04-07)
Max. length 2 miles (3.2 km)
Max. width 0.75 miles (1.21 km)
Surface area 960 acres (390 ha)
Max. depth 108 feet (33 m)
Water volume 28,079 acre feet (34,635,000 m3)
Frozen Never
Islands none
Settlements La Presa
Sweetwater Reservoir as seen from San Miguel Mountain in 2006

Sweetwater Reservoir is a 960-acre (390 ha) artificial lake in San Diego County, California, formed by the Sweetwater Dam on the Sweetwater River. Construction of the dam was completed in 1888. The area surrounding the reservoir is home to several species, including Least Bell's Vireo and the California Gnatcatcher. It lies near the city of Spring Valley. The drainage basin it forms along with Loveland Reservoir covers 230 square miles (600 km2).

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