Lake Arthur Dam

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Lake Arthur Dam
Official name Lake Arthur Dam
Country South Africa
Location Cradock, Eastern Cape
Coordinates 32°13′1″S 25°49′5″E / 32.21694°S 25.81806°E / -32.21694; 25.81806Coordinates: 32°13′1″S 25°49′5″E / 32.21694°S 25.81806°E / -32.21694; 25.81806
Opening date 1924
Owner(s) Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Earth fill dam
Impounds Tarka River
Height 38 m
Length 500 m
Creates Lake Arthur
Total capacity 10 700 000 m³
Surface area 886.7 ha

Lake Arthur Dam[1][2] is an earth-fill type dam located on the Tarka River, near Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1924 and serves mainly for irrigation purposes. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high (3).

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  1. ^ List of South African Dams from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (South Africa)
  2. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Human Science Research Council. p. 90. Retrieved 1 November 2015.