Chesbro Lake

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Chesbro Reservoir
Chesbro Reservoir.jpg
April 2010
LocationSanta Clara County, California
Coordinates37°7′21″N 121°42′40″W / 37.12250°N 121.71111°W / 37.12250; -121.71111Coordinates: 37°7′21″N 121°42′40″W / 37.12250°N 121.71111°W / 37.12250; -121.71111
Primary inflowsLlagas Creek
Primary outflowsLlagas Creek
Catchment area19.5 sq mi (51 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Managing agencySanta Clara Valley Water District
Surface area328 acres (1.33 km2)
Water volume8,086 acre⋅ft (0.010 km3)
Surface elevation531 ft (162 m)
Aerial view

Chesbro Reservoir is an artificial lake located three miles (5 km) west of Morgan Hill, California, in the United States. A 232-acre (94 ha) county park surrounds the reservoir[3] and provides limited fishing[4] ("catch-and-release"), picnicking, and hiking activities. Swimming[5] and boating[6] are not permitted in the reservoir.


The reservoir was created in 1955 by the construction of the Elmer J. Chesbro Dam [1] across Llagas Creek in the valley west of El Toro peak. The reservoir and dam were named after Elmer J. Chesbro, a local doctor who was president of the Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District (now the Santa Clara Valley Water District) at the time.

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  1. ^ a b "Listing of Jurisdictional Dams in California" (PDF). California Department of Water Resources. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Chesbro Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Santa Clara County Parks: Chesbro Reservoir". County of Santa Clara. Retrieved 2014-09-07. The reservoir, which captures water from the Llagas Creek watershed, is used to recharge supplies in underground aquifers that provide water to be pumped from wells for residential, agricultural, and industrial uses.
  4. ^ "Santa Clara County Parks: Fishing Guidelines". County of Santa Clara. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  5. ^ "Santa Clara County Parks: Swimming Restrictions". County of Santa Clara. Retrieved 2017-07-05. Swimming or wading is NOT permitted in County Parks.
  6. ^ "Santa Clara County Parks: Boating Guidelines". County of Santa Clara. Retrieved 2017-07-03. Certain reservoirs and bodies of water in Santa Clara County are closed indefinitely to all vessels and floats - these include: Almaden, Chesbro, Sandy Wool, Cottonwood, Grant, Guadalupe, Uvas and Vasona.

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