Lusk Reservoir

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Lusk Reservoir
Location United States Military Academy, West Point, New York
Coordinates 41°23′15″N 73°57′45″W / 41.38750°N 73.96250°W / 41.38750; -73.96250Coordinates: 41°23′15″N 73°57′45″W / 41.38750°N 73.96250°W / 41.38750; -73.96250
Type reservoir
Primary outflows 78,000,000 US gal (300,000 m3)
Basin countries United States
Surface elevation 327 ft (100 m)

Lusk Reservoir is located next to Michie Stadium at the United States Military Academy at West Point. It is open for fishing in the Spring and early Fall, and usually freezes over during the winter months. The volume of the reservoir is required knowledge of all freshmen (plebes) at the Military Academy. It is one aspect of what is known as 'Academy Heritage'. When asked the question: "How many gallons in Lusk Reservoir?" plebes are expected to respond "78 million US gallons (300,000 m3) when the water is flowing over the spillway." Its surface elevation is 327 feet (100 m) above sea level. [1]

The reservoir was constructed by Captain James L. Lusk (USMA 1878) in 1895. In the spring of 2006, the dam underwent its first cleaning in 111 years by the US Army Corps of Engineers.[1]


  1. ^ "Lusk Dam, Reservoir cleaned for first time in 111 years" (PDF). PointerView. Retrieved 2009-02-06.