Klipdrif Dam

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Klipdrif Dam
Official nameKlipdrif Dam
CountrySouth Africa
Locationnear Potchefstroom, North West
Coordinates26°36′32″S 27°18′41″E / 26.60889°S 27.31139°E / -26.60889; 27.31139Coordinates: 26°36′32″S 27°18′41″E / 26.60889°S 27.31139°E / -26.60889; 27.31139
PurposeIrrigation
Opening date1990
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarth fill dam
ImpoundsLoopspruit
Height25 m
Length190 m
Reservoir
CreatesKlipdrif Dam Reservoir
Total capacity3 100 000 m3
Surface area44 ha

Klipdrif Dam is an earth-fill type dam located on the Loopspruit, near Potchefstroom, North West, South Africa. It was established in 1990 and its primary purpose is to serve for irrigation. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked significant (2).

The dam is renowned for it's carp fishing, with many competitions being held along it's shores. Sharptooth Catfish and Orange River Mudfish are also targeted in the dam, other fish species incl. Banded Tilapia, Southern Mouthbrooder, Three Spot Barb, Moggel, Straightfin Barb and Largemouth Bass. Record catches at the dam incl 28.3kg Carp and 33.1kg Sharptooth Catfish, the dam is well know for big Catfish, with 25kg+ caught each year.

Cape Clawless Otter, Nile Monitor and African Fish Eagle are also frequently seen around the dam

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