Yale Dam

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Yale Dam
Location Clark / Cowlitz counties, Washington, USA
Coordinates 45°57′51″N 122°19′57″W / 45.96417°N 122.33250°W / 45.96417; -122.33250Coordinates: 45°57′51″N 122°19′57″W / 45.96417°N 122.33250°W / 45.96417; -122.33250[1]
Opening date 1953[2]
Operator(s) Pacificorp[2]
Dam and spillways
Impounds Lewis River
Height 323 feet (98 m)[2]
Length 1,500 feet (457 m)[2]
Creates Yale Lake
Total capacity 402,000 acre feet (0.496 km3)[2]
Catchment area 600 square miles (1,550 km2)[2]
For the dam in Sichuan, China, see Yele Dam.

Yale Dam is a 323-foot high earth-type hydroelectric dam on the Lewis River, in the U.S. state of Washington,[3] owned by PacifiCorp. It is located on the border between Cowlitz County and Clark County. Its reservoir is called Yale Lake. The dam's power plant generates 134 megawatts.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Yale Dam
  2. ^ a b c d e f Yale Dam, NPDP Dam Directory
  3. ^ "Yale Dam - Recreation - LewisRiver.com." LewisRiver.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 July 2010. <http://lewisriver.com/yale.html>