Keith Sebelius Lake
|Keith Sebelius Lake|
|Location||Norton County, Kansas|
|Primary inflows||Prairie Dog Creek|
|Primary outflows||Prairie Dog Creek|
|Catchment area||715 sq mi (1,850 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Managing agency||U.S. Bureau of Reclamation|
|First flooded||October 1964|
|Max. length||9.5 miles (15.3 km)|
|Surface area||2,181 acres (8.83 km2)|
|Max. depth||42 feet (13 m)|
|Water volume||Full: 34,510 acre·ft (42,570,000 m3)
Current (Nov. 2015): 8,996 acre·ft (11,096,000 m3)
|Shore length1||32 miles (51 km)|
|Surface elevation||Full: 2,304 ft (702 m)
Current (Nov. 2015): 2,287 ft (697 m)
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Keith Sebelius Lake, formerly known as Norton Reservoir, is a man-made reservoir on Prairie Dog Creek in northwest Kansas. Built and managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, it is used for flood control, irrigation, recreation, and local water supply. Prairie Dog State Park is located on its shore.
The effects of a 1935 flash flood of the Republican River and its tributaries, including Prairie Dog Creek, led the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to include the creek in its plans for flood control. The Flood Control Act of 1944 approved and the Flood Control Act of 1946 authorized development of a reservoir on the creek as part of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program. Construction of Norton Dam began in December 1961, and the initial storage of water in Norton Reservoir started in October 1964.
In March 1958, the nearby community of Norton, Kansas secured a contract with the U.S. government to receive 1,600 acre-feet of water annually. In 1963, the Kansas state government granted the community a water right to that amount of storage in the reservoir. Norton began to use the reservoir as a municipal water supply in September 1965.
U.S. Route 36 and Kansas Highway 383 run concurrently east-west north of the reservoir. Kansas Highway 261 runs north-south between U.S. 36 and Prairie Dog State Park on the reservoir's north shore.
The surface area, surface elevation, and water volume of the reservoir fluctuate based on inflow and local climatic conditions. In terms of capacity, the Bureau of Reclamation vertically divides the reservoir into a set of pools based on volume and water level, and it considers the reservoir full when filled to the capacity of its active conservation pool. When full, Keith Sebelius Lake has a surface area of 2,181 acres (8.83 km2), a surface elevation of 2,304 feet (702 m), and a volume of 34,510 acre feet (42,570,000 m3). When filled to maximum capacity, it has a surface area of 6,713 acres (27.17 km2), a surface elevation of 2,341 feet (714 m), and a volume of 192,027 acre feet (236,862,000 m3).
The streambed underlying the reservoir has an elevation of 2,245 feet (684 m). Since the reservoir's initial flooding, sedimentation has gradually accumulated on the reservoir bottom thus raising its elevation.
Norton Dam is a zoned earth-fill embankment dam with rock riprap on its upstream face. It has a structural height of 151 feet (46 m) and a length of 6,450 feet (1,970 m). At its crest, the dam has an elevation of 2,347 feet (715 m). A spillway structure controlled by three radial gates is located at the southeast end of the dam. Outlet works at the northwest end of the dam manage outflow into Prairie Dog Creek and the city of Norton's municipal water supply.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation maintains and operates the reservoir and Norton Dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides water regulation procedures for flood control. Downstream canals and structures which use portions of the reservoir's water for irrigation are managed by Almena Irrigation District No. 5. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWP) manages the surface of the reservoir and 6,500 acres (26 km2) of land around it as the Norton Wildlife Area.
Parks and recreation
Points of interest
The KDWP preserves two vintage 19th-century buildings in Prairie Dog State Park: a one-room schoolhouse and the last standing original adobe house in Kansas. The park also hosts a growing prairie dog town.
Fish species resident in the reservoir include bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, saugeye, spotted bass, walleye, and wiper. Game animals living around the reservoir include mule deer, ducks, quail, cottontail rabbits, turkeys, and white-tailed deer.
- "Current Reservoir Data for Keith Sebelius Lake". United States Bureau of Reclamation. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
- "Keith Sebelius Fishing Information". Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
- "Keith Sebelius Lake (Norton Dam) Allocations" (PDF). U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
- "Keith Sebelius Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
- "Keith Sebelius". Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2009-10-12..
- "Almena Unit". U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
- UPI (1981-01-13). "Sebelius honored at Norton banquet". The Salina Journal. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
- "General Highway Map - Norton County, Kansas". Kansas Department of Transportation. November 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
- Rucker, Kevin E. (December 2009). "Almena Unit: Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program" (PDF). U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
- "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
- "Norton Dam". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
- "Annual Report of Reservoir Regulation Activities - Summary for Calendar Year 2013" (PDF). U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. March 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
- "Norton Dam". U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
- "Norton Wildlife Area" (PDF). Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
- "Prairie Dog State Park" (PDF). Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Retrieved 2015-10-22.