Silver Creek Reservoir

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Silver Creek Reservoir
LocationMarion County, Oregon
Coordinates44°58′59″N 122°44′46″W / 44.983177°N 122.746200°W / 44.983177; -122.746200Coordinates: 44°58′59″N 122°44′46″W / 44.983177°N 122.746200°W / 44.983177; -122.746200
Primary inflowsSilver Creek
Primary outflowsSilver Creek
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area65 acres (26 ha)

Silver Creek Reservoir[1] also known as Silverton Reservoir[2] is a sixty-five-acre impoundment on Silver Creek located in the Cascade foothills 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southeast of the city of Silverton, Oregon, United States on Oregon Route 214.[3] The reservoir serves the purpose of flood control on the creek.[2]

The lake is popular in the spring and summer as a recreation area. Stocked[3] with roughly 20,000 hatchery trout each spring and early summer, the lake also provides opportunities to catch bullhead catfish. Swimming is also quite popular on warm summer days as well as recreational boating, though no gas motors are allowed on the lake.

Since the reservoir was created in 1960, there has been fear in Silverton that Silver Creek Dam might someday give way. Though structural engineers have declared the dam safe and deemed the conditions for a dam breach to be almost out of the realm of possibility, US Army Corps of Engineers studies have found that a collapse of the dam would be catastrophic to the city below.[4]

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  1. ^ "Feature Query Results". United States Board on Geographic Names, United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  2. ^ a b "Public Works: Water Quality Division". City of Silverton, Oregon. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  3. ^ a b "North Willamette Watershed District Clackamas, Columbia, (north) Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill Counties Lakes Stocked with Trout," (PDF). Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  4. ^ "Silver Creek Failure Mode Analysis". Retrieved 2013-03-05.