Hollywood Reservoir

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Hollywood Reservoir
Lake Hollywood Reservoir by clinton steeds.jpg
Hollywood Reservoir behind Mulholland Dam (2008)
Hollywood Reservoir is located in California
Hollywood Reservoir
Hollywood Reservoir
LocationHollywood Hills, Santa Monica Mountains, California, United States
Coordinates34°07′04″N 118°19′52″W / 34.11778°N 118.33111°W / 34.11778; -118.33111Coordinates: 34°07′04″N 118°19′52″W / 34.11778°N 118.33111°W / 34.11778; -118.33111
Max. depth183 feet (56 m)
Water volume2.5 billion US gallons (9,500,000 m3)

Hollywood Reservoir, also known as Lake Hollywood, is a reservoir located in the Hollywood Hills, situated in the Santa Monica Mountains north of the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is maintained by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The reservoir and surrounding neighborhood are overlooked by the Hollywood Sign.[1]

The reservoir is created by the Mulholland Dam, built in 1924, designed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, then named the Bureau of Water Works and Supply, as part of the city's water storage and supply system.[2][3]

Hollywood Reservoir has appeared in films such as Chinatown (1974), where Hollis Mulwray is discovered dead along the shores, and Earthquake (1974).[4] The reservoir is featured in Visiting... with Huell Howser Episode 915.[5] and the Season 4 opening of the TV Series 9-1-1.[6]


The reservoir has a capacity of 7,900 acre-feet,[7] which is 2.5 billion US gallons (9,500,000 m3) and a maximum water depth of 183 feet (56 m). During its first years in service the reservoir level varied, though for most of the time it was kept at a high level and was filled on several occasions.

Within days after the collapse of the St. Francis Dam in March 1928, William Mulholland ordered the Hollywood Reservoir lowered due, in part, to public fears of a repeat disaster. Shortly after the disaster and in the years following, several engineering panels met to discuss the safety of the dam. These panels of engineers, from both the state and the LADWP came to differing conclusions. In 1931, the LADWP made the decision to permanently keep the Hollywood Reservoir lowered, and keep it to no more than 4,000 acre-feet (4,900,000 m3). The reservoir now is usually maintained at about 2,800 acre-feet (3,500,000 m3).[3]

View from hiking road

The surrounding recreational area is known as Lake Hollywood Park, and is open for walking, hiking, and jogging.[1] The reservoir is encircled by a flat, paved road that is suitable for walking and bicycling.

The Hollywood Reservoir and the Mulholland Dam, with the Hollywood Sign in the distance to the left (2015)
The Hollywood Reservoir and the Mulholland Dam, with the Hollywood Sign in the distance to the left (2015)

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  1. ^ a b "Lake Hollywood Park". City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  2. ^ 24th Annual Report of the Board of Public Service Commissioners
  3. ^ a b Rogers, J. David A Man, A Dam and A Disaster ; St. Francis Dam Disaster Revisited Nunis Jr., Doyce B. (Ed.) Historical Society of Southern California. 1995. ISBN 0-914421-13-1
  4. ^ Alleman, Richard (2013). Hollywood: The Movie Lover's Guide: The Ultimate Insider Tour of Movie L.A. Crown/Archetype. Page 403. ISBN 9780804137775.
  5. ^ "Hollywood Reservoir- Visiting (915) – Huell Howser Archives at Chapman University".
  6. ^ "List of 9-1-1 Episodes".
  7. ^ 22nd Annual Report of the Board of Public Service Commissioners

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