Mammoth Pool Reservoir
|Mammoth Pool Reservoir|
|Location||Sierra National Forest
Fresno County, California
Madera County, California
|Primary inflows||San Joaquin River|
|Primary outflows||San Joaquin River|
|Catchment area||998 sq mi (2,580 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||5 mi (8.0 km)|
|Max. width||1.5 mi (2.4 km)|
|Surface area||1,100 acres (450 ha)|
|Water volume||123,000 acre·ft (152,000,000 m3)|
|Surface elevation||3,330 ft (1,010 m)|
|References||U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mammoth Pool Reservoir|
Mammoth Pool Reservoir is a reservoir on the San Joaquin River in the Sierra Nevada, within the Sierra National Forest in California. It creates the border between Fresno County and Madera County. It is about 45 miles (72 km) north-northeast of Fresno.
The 123,000 acre·ft (152,000,000 m3) reservoir is formed by Mammoth Pool Dam, an earth-fill dam completed in 1960. It was built by Southern California Edison for hydroelectricity production. The dam's power plant can produce up to 190 megawatts. The dam, reservoir and power plant are part of the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project, perhaps the most extensive hydroelectric system in the world.
The reservoir is inaccessible following the first snowstorm, usually occurring in November, as the access road is not snowplowed.
- Department of Water Resources (2009). "Station Meta Data: Pine Flat Dam (PNF)". California Data Exchange Center. State of California. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- US Forest Service (22 February 2009). "Sierra National Forest - Recreation, Lakes & Reservoirs:". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-08-28.