Shaver Lake

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Shaver Lake
Shaver Lake 1.jpg
Location Sierra National Forest
Fresno County, California
Coordinates 37°07′33″N 119°17′27″W / 37.12597°N 119.29075°W / 37.12597; -119.29075Coordinates: 37°07′33″N 119°17′27″W / 37.12597°N 119.29075°W / 37.12597; -119.29075
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Stevenson Creek
Primary outflows Stevenson Creek
Big Creek
Catchment area 29.3 sq mi (76 km2)
Basin countries United States
Surface area 2,177 acres (881 ha)
Water volume 135,283 acre·ft (166,869 dam3)
Surface elevation 5,500 ft (1,700 m)
Settlements Shaver Lake
Shaver Lake Heights
References U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shaver Lake

Shaver Lake is an artificial lake on Stevenson Creek, in the Sierra National Forest of Fresno County, California. At elevation 5,500 ft (1,700 m), several smaller streams also flow into the lake, and it receives water from the underground tunnels of Southern California Edison's Big Creek Hydroelectric Project.[1] The town Shaver Lake is located on its south-west shore.

The lake was formed with the construction of Shaver Lake Dam, which was built by Southern California Edison and completed in 1927. The 180-foot dam was built in 50-foot (15-m) blocks, with a keyway to hold it in place and a 75-centimeter (30-inch) copper sheet to make it watertight. Its capacity is 135,283 acre·ft (166,869 dam3). Some water from the lake is discharged into Stevenson Creek for fish and other wildlife, but the rest is diverted to Big Creek, where it powers several hydroelectric plants in succession.

The area now covered by the lake was extensively logged before the dam was built, and an extensive log flume system several miles long was constructed to bring logs down the mountain. The town to this day maintains a nostalgic logging theme. Several buildings in town are in fact old, converted sawmills. Adjacent to the lake is Camp Edison, built and operated by SCE.[2]

The reality TV shows Endurance High Sierras and Capture were filmed at Shaver Lake in summer 2006 and summer 2013, respectively.[citation needed]

The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project is a non-profit organization to educate the public on fishing and make Shaver Lake a fishing destination.

Camp Chawanakee, a Boy Scout Camp run by the Sequoia Council, is held on a peninsula in the South of Shaver Lake. BSA troops from all over California attend each Summer.

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  1. ^ Big Creek Project
  2. ^ Camp Edison

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