Antelope Dam (California)

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Antelope Dam
Feather River watershed map, with Indian Creek and Antelope Reservoir towards the upper right
Location Plumas County, California
Coordinates 40°10′51″N 120°36′27″W / 40.18083°N 120.60750°W / 40.18083; -120.60750Coordinates: 40°10′51″N 120°36′27″W / 40.18083°N 120.60750°W / 40.18083; -120.60750
Opening date 1964
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Earthfill[1]
Impounds Indian Creek
Height 113 ft (34 m)[1]
Length 1,320 ft (400 m)[1]
Elevation at crest 5,025 ft (1,532 m)[1]
Width (base) 30 ft (9.1 m)[1]
Dam volume 380,000 cu yd (290,000 m3)[1]
Creates Antelope Lake
Total capacity 22,566 acre·ft (27,835,000 m3)[1]
Catchment area 71 sq mi (180 km2)[1]
Surface area 931 acres (377 ha)[1]
Normal elevation 5,007 ft (1,526 m)[2]

Antelope Dam or Antelope Valley Dam[3] (National ID # CA00037) is a dam in Plumas County, California, part of the California State Water Project.

The earthen dam was constructed in 1964 by the California Department of Water Resources with a height of 113 feet (34 m) and a length of 1,320 feet (400 m) at its crest.[4] It impounds Indian Creek for recreation and wildlife conservation, part of the state's larger Upper Feather River Project.[5] The dam is owned and operated by the Department. The entire site is surrounded by the Plumas National Forest.

The reservoir it creates, called Antelope Lake[2] or Antelope Reservoir, has a water surface of 931 acres (377 ha), a forested shoreline of about 15 miles (24 km), a maximum capacity of 47,466 acre feet (58,548,000 m3), and a normal capacity of 22,566 acre feet (27,835,000 m3).[4] Recreation includes fishing (for stocked rainbow and brook trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and channel catfish), camping in the 194 campsites of the surrounding Antelope Lake Recreation Area, boating, swimming, hunting and hiking.[5]

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