Don Pedro Reservoir
|Don Pedro Reservoir|
Reservoir and Sierra Nevada foothills
Stanislaus National Forest|
Tuolumne County, California
|Primary inflows||Tuolumne River|
|Primary outflows||Tuolumne River|
|Catchment area||1,500 sq mi (3,900 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||13,000 acres (5,300 ha)|
|Water volume||2,030,000 acre⋅ft (2.50 km3)|
|Shore length1||160 mi (260 km)|
|Surface elevation||245 m (804 ft)|
|References||U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System:|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Don Pedro Reservoir (also known as Lake Don Pedro) is a reservoir formed by the construction of the New Don Pedro Dam across the Tuolumne River in the Stanislaus National Forest of Tuolumne County, California, United States.
Also referenced as Don Pedro Lake when the name is qualified, the first projects in 1923 are generally referred to as the Old Don Pedro Dam and reservoir, and the 1971 upgrades are the New Don Pedro Dam and reservoir. Don Pedro Reservoir takes its name from Don Pedros Bar. Pierre ("Don Pedro") Sainsevain was one of the first prospectors after the discovery of gold in 1848 that began the California Gold Rush.
When full, the reservoir's shoreline is approximately 160 mi (260 km). The reservoir submerges some 26 mi (42 km) of Tuolumne River bed, and has a surface area of about 13,000 acres (5,300 ha). The 2,030,000 acre⋅ft (2.50 km3) stored here comes from a watershed of over 1,500 sq mi (3,900 km2), and is used by the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) and the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) for the irrigation of several hundred square miles of San Joaquin Valley farm land.
The Don Pedro Recreation Area is operated in and around the lake by the Don Pedro Lake Recreation Agency. There are drive-in and boat-in campgrounds, houseboat areas, fishing, water skiing, and mountain biking and hiking trails.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has developed an advisory for Don Pedro Lake because of mercury and PCBs found in fish caught here. The advisory provides safe eating advice for black bass, channel catfish, common carp, Sacramento sucker, and sunfish species.
Hetch Hetchy project
While Don Pedro Reservoir is not part of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct, the project's tunnels cross under the upper end of the reservoir. The reservoir could easily be tied into the Hetch Hetchy Project in the future, and the efforts of the Restore Hetch Hetchy group to drain the reservoir in the Hetch Hetchy Valley depend largely on that possibility. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), of which Hetch Hetchy Water and Power is a division, provided about 45% of the funds for construction of the 1971 New Don Pedro Dam and so has the right to store 570,000 acre feet (700,000,000 m3) of water in the reservoir. Each year, San Francisco takes about 230,000 acre feet (280,000,000 m3). The rights of the MID and the TID are senior to those of SFPUC, however, so in dry years MID and TID can draw down the reservoir to meet their own needs before providing water to San Francisco's Hetch Hetchy Water and Power.
- List of dams and reservoirs in California
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- Sukhwant Virk; Josh Hinkey (31 August 2007). "Don Pedro Dam:". UC Davis. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
- Barnes, Dwight H. (1987). "The First Don Pedro". The Greening of Paradise Valley: The First 100 Years of the Modesto Irrigation District. Modesto, CA: City of Modesto. OCLC 16224503. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
- Who was Don Pedro? Don Pedro Recreation Agency
- Department of Water Resources (2009). "Station Meta Data: Don Pedro Reservoir (DNP)". California Data Exchange Center. State of California. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
- Don Pedro Lake Recreation Agency: Reservoir Recreation Map
- Don Pedro Lake Recreation Agency: Shoreline Lakeview Trail Map
- Don Pedro Recreation Area: Boating webpage
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Don Pedro Reservoir
- Official Don Pedro Lake Recreation Agency website
- Don Pedro Lake Recreation Agency: Don Pedro Recreation Area access + recreation facilities Map
- Turlock Irrigation District
- Modesto Irrigation District
- Virtualguidebooks.com: "The Highway 49/120 Bridge over Don Pedro Reservoir"