Black Butte Lake

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Black Butte Lake
USACE Black Butte Dam and Lake.jpg
Black Butte Dam and Lake
Location Glenn / Tehama counties, California, United States
Coordinates 39°48′21″N 122°21′28″W / 39.80583°N 122.35778°W / 39.80583; -122.35778Coordinates: 39°48′21″N 122°21′28″W / 39.80583°N 122.35778°W / 39.80583; -122.35778
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Stony Creek
Primary outflows Stony Creek[1]
Catchment area 741 square miles (1,920 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Max. length 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface area 4,460 acres (1,800 ha)[1]
Water volume 143,700 acre feet (177,300,000 m3)[1]
Shore length1 40 miles (64 km)
Surface elevation 512 feet (156 m)[2]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Black Butte Lake is an artificial lake located in Tehama and Glenn counties in the U.S. state of California.[2] The lake was formed from Stony Creek in 1963 upon the completion of Black Butte Dam[1] by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dam is located approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) west of Orland. At full pool, the lake is 7 miles (11.3 km) long and has a shoreline of 40 miles (64.4 km) and a surface area of 4,460 acres (18 km2). The dam and lake were constructed for flood protection for local towns and agricultural lands.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Dams Owned and Operated by Federal Agencies" (PDF). California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Black Butte Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 

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