Indian Valley Reservoir

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Indian Valley Reservoir
Indian Valley.jpg
Location Lake County, California, United States
Coordinates 39°04′50″N 122°32′05″W / 39.08045°N 122.5347°W / 39.08045; -122.5347Coordinates: 39°04′50″N 122°32′05″W / 39.08045°N 122.5347°W / 39.08045; -122.5347
Lake type Reservoir
Primary inflows North Fork of Cache Creek
Stanton Creek
Primary outflows North Fork of Cache Creek
Catchment area 122 sq mi (320 km2)
Basin countries United States
Max. length 10 km (6.2 mi)
Max. width 2 km (1.2 mi)
Surface area 4,000 acres (1,600 ha)
Water volume 301,000 acre·ft (371,000,000 m3)
Shore length1 35 km (22 mi)
Surface elevation 433 m (1,421 ft)
References U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Indian Valley Reservoir
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Indian Valley Reservoir is a manmade lake in Lake County, California, 27 miles (43 km) west of Williams near State Route 20.

The 301,000 acre·ft (371,000,000 m3) capacity reservoir was created by the construction of the Indian Valley Dam across the north fork of Cache Creek in 1975. The 965 ft (294 m) long and 201 ft (61 m) high earth-fill dam was built for water storage, irrigation and flood control.[1] Although the reservoir is in Lake County, it was built by neighboring Yolo County, who own all water rights to the 300,600 acre feet (370,800,000 m3) of water. The dam includes a hydroelectric plant. The cost of the dam and reservoir exceeded $9 million and were funded in part by two bond issues.

Recreation area[edit]

The reservoir is in the Bureau of Land Management's Walker Ridge Recreation Area. All types of recreation are allowed, including boating, camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.

There are two primitive boat/hike-in campgrounds, Blue Oaks and Kowalski.

The area's flora and fauna include manzanita, oak and pine trees, blacktail deer, black bear, and wild turkey. Rare plants such as the Indian Valley Brodiaea and Adobe lily grow here.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Department of Water Resources (2009). "Station Meta Data: Indian Valley Reservoir (INV)". California Data Exchange Center. State of California. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 

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