Lake Spaulding Dam

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Lake Spaulding Dam from Emigrant Gap vista point off Interstate 80
Yuba River watershed
Lake Spaulding Dam overflowing in 1914

Lake Spaulding Dam[1] (National ID # CA00358) is a dam in Nevada County, California.

Owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric for hydroelectric power generation, the 275-foot (84 m)-high dam was designed by John R. Freeman and completed in 1913 .[2][3]

It impounds the South Fork of the Yuba River, which originates near Donner Pass. At the time of construction it was the highest dam in California,[4] and one of ten PG&E hydroelectric facilities.[5] A temporary camp called Camp Spaulding, California was established to house workers on the dam during its construction.

Lake Spaulding, the reservoir created by the dam, has a capacity of 74,773 acre feet (92,231,000 m3)[2] and supports recreational camping, boating, fishing, and underwater diving.[6]

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  1. ^ "Lake Spaulding 97-029 Dam". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Dams Within the Jurisdiction of the State of California (H-M)" (PDF). California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams. Retrieved November 4, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Biographical Memoir of John Ripley Freeman, 1855–1932" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved November 15, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Cassier's engineering monthly, Volumes 43-44, page 107
  5. ^ The Electric journal, Volume 12, by Electric Club, Westinghouse Club, page 265
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-07-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Coordinates: 39°19′38″N 120°38′34″W / 39.32714°N 120.64287°W / 39.32714; -120.64287