Fresno Dam

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Fresno Dam
Fresno Dam 2.jpg
Fresno Dam
CountryUnited States
LocationHill County, Montana
Coordinates48°36′05″N 109°56′40″W / 48.60139°N 109.94444°W / 48.60139; -109.94444Coordinates: 48°36′05″N 109°56′40″W / 48.60139°N 109.94444°W / 48.60139; -109.94444
Construction began1937
Opening date1939
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarthfill
ImpoundsMilk River
Height110 ft (34 m)
Length2,070 ft (630 m)
Elevation at crest2,596 ft (791 m)
Width (crest)22 ft (6.7 m)
Width (base)726 ft (221 m)
Dam volume2,105,000 cu yd (1,609,000 m3)
Spillway typeUncontrolled over-the-crest
Spillway capacity51,360 cu ft/s (1,454 m3/s)
CreatesFresno Reservoir
Total capacity129,062 acre⋅ft (159,196,000 m3)
Surface area7,388 acres (2,990 ha)

Fresno Dam is a dam on the Milk River, a tributary of the Missouri River, upstream of Havre, Montana. The dam is part of the Milk River Project, owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It serves mainly to provide irrigation water and some of its capacity is also reserved for flood control. The dam was built between 1937 and 1939, and raised and overhauled in 1943 and 1951.[1]


  1. ^ "Fresno Dam". Milk River Project. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2011-10-28.