Lake Sabrina

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Lake Sabrina
Lake Sabrina before Sunrise.jpg
Location Inyo County, California
Coordinates 37°12′26″N 118°37′07″W / 37.2072689°N 118.618698°W / 37.2072689; -118.618698Coordinates: 37°12′26″N 118°37′07″W / 37.2072689°N 118.618698°W / 37.2072689; -118.618698
Type reservoir
Primary outflows Middle Fork Bishop Creek
Catchment area 15.1 square miles (39 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Built 1907
Surface area 184 acres (74 ha)[1]
Water volume 8,376 acre feet (10,332,000 m3)[1]
Surface elevation 9,128 feet (2,782 m)

Lake Sabrina is a lake created by damming the middle fork of Bishop Creek.[2] It is located south-west of Bishop, California on California State Route 168, in the Inyo National Forest.[3] It has a cafe as well as a dock. The dam was built in 1907-8 to supply a constant flow of water to the hydraulic power plants.[4] The lake is part of the Bishop Creek system.

Local residents pronounce the lake "Sah-bry-nuh;"[5] however, the lake was originally named after Mrs. Sabrina (pronounced: suh-BREE-nuh) Hobbs, wife of C.M. Hobbs first General Manager of California Nevada Power Company which built the dam. The reason for the lake's name pronunciation changing over the years is unclear.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Dams Within the Jurisdiction of the State of California (N-S)" (PDF). California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lake Sabrina". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ Secor, R.J. (1999). The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails. The Mountaineers. p. 258. 
  4. ^ a b "History of the Canyon". Lake Sabrina Boat Landing. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  5. ^ Koehler, Cheryl (2007). Touring the Sierra Nevada. University of Nevada Press. p. 135. 

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