San Vicente Reservoir

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San Vicente Reservoir
Panorama of San Vicente Reservoir - May 2011
Location San Diego County, California
Coordinates 32°54′44″N 116°55′30″W / 32.9122701°N 116.9250274°W / 32.9122701; -116.9250274Coordinates: 32°54′44″N 116°55′30″W / 32.9122701°N 116.9250274°W / 32.9122701; -116.9250274
Type reservoir
Primary inflows San Vicente Creek, First San Diego Aqueduct
Primary outflows San Vicente Creek, San Vicente Pipelines 1 and 2
Catchment area 75 sq mi (190 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Surface area 1,600 acres (6.5 km2)
Water volume 390,430,000 cu yd (242,000 acre·ft)

San Vicente Reservoir is a reservoir created by the San Vicente Dam in San Diego County, California. It is located in the Cuyamaca Mountains, approximately 4.3 miles (6.9 km) north of Lakeside off California State Route 67.


The reservoir is formed by impounding the waters of San Vicente Creek, and the Colorado River via the First San Diego Aqueduct branch of the Colorado River Aqueduct from Lake Havasu.[2] It is the largest reservoir in the city of San Diego.

In 2009, construction began of a $568 million project to increase the size of San Vicente Reservoir twofold. San Diego County Water Authority officials are hoping to receive funding from Proposition 18 (the $11.1 billion bond to upgrade the Californian water supply), but will continue the upgrade without these funds if the Proposition is unsuccessful. [1]


On August 24th 2016, it was announced the Reservoir would reopen to the public on September the 22nd, 2016. The Reservoir had been closed since September 1st, 2008. The raising of the dam more than doubled the reservoir's past capacity of 145,200,000 cu yd (111,000,000 m3) by increasing it 245,226,666 cu yd (187,489,239 m3) to a total of 390,426,666 cu yd (298,502,604 m3).[3]

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  1. ^ Hill, Joseph (Winter 2002). "Dry Rivers, Dammed Rivers and Floods: An Early History of the Struggle Between Droughts and Floods in San Diego". The Journal of San Diego History, Volume 48, Number 1. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  2. ^ Department of Water Resources (2009). "San Vicente Reservoir (SVT)". California Data Exchange Center. State of California. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  3. ^ "San Vicente Dam Raise". San Diego County Water Authority. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 

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