Crane Prairie Reservoir

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Crane Prairie Reservoir
Crane Prairie Reservoir Resort (Deschutes County, Oregon scenic images) (desDB3398).jpg
Location Deschutes County, Oregon
Coordinates 43°46′50″N 121°48′02″W / 43.780638°N 121.800613°W / 43.780638; -121.800613Coordinates: 43°46′50″N 121°48′02″W / 43.780638°N 121.800613°W / 43.780638; -121.800613
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Deschutes River
Primary outflows Deschutes River
Catchment area 185 sq mi (480 km2)
Basin countries United States
Designation Wildlife Management Area within the Deschutes National Forest
Built 1922, 1940
Surface area 3,420 acres (1,380 ha)
Average depth 15.5 ft (4.7 m)
Max. depth 20 ft (6.1 m)
Water volume 55,300 acre⋅ft (68,200,000 m3)
Shore length1 22 mi (35 km)
Surface elevation 4,452 ft (1,357 m)
References [1][2][3][4]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Crane Prairie Reservoir is a man-made lake located about 42 miles (68 km) southwest of Bend in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States.[1][2] The reservoir is named for the cranes that thrive in its habitat and for the upper Deschutes River prairie that once covered the area before the dam on the Deschutes was constructed in 1922. Eighteen years later, in 1940, the dam was rebuilt by the Bureau of Reclamation.[3] The reservoir now serves as one of Oregon's largest rainbow trout fisheries. The heaviest fish ever caught in the lake was a 19-pound (8.6 kg) trout.[1]

The Deschutes River, which originates at Little Lava Lake, flows south for 8.4 miles (13.5 km) to Crane Prairie Reservoir.[5] The river leaves the reservoir via the dam and continues south to Wickiup Reservoir.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Crane Prairie Reservoir". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Crane Prairie Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 245. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  4. ^ "Atlas of Oregon Lakes: Crane Prairie Reservoir (Deschutes)". Portland State University. 1985–2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Deschutes River: Lava Lake to Crane Prairie". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Oregon (Map) (1993 ed.). 1:500,000. Cartography by Allan Cartography. Medford, Oregon: Raven Maps & Images. 1987. OCLC 41588689. 

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