The earthen and rock-filled dam was constructed in 1970, at 239 feet high and 1,511 feet long at the crest. It was a project of the United States Bureau of Reclamation, not primarily for flood control or irrigation storage as usual, but for fishery enhancement, primarily to facilitate the spawning of the critically endangered species cui-ui fish downstream. The dam is owned and operated by the Bureau.
The reservoir it creates, Stampede Reservoir, has a water surface of about 3,340 acres and about 25 miles of shoreline, with a maximum capacity of 226,500 acre-feet. Recreation includes fishing (for kokanee salmon, rainbow, brook, brown and lake (mackinaw) trout, etc.), hunting, boating, camping and hiking. There is an accessible viewing platform at Stampede Vista Point.
- "Stampede Dam". U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. December 22, 2011. Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Stampede Reservoir". Recreation.gov. Retrieved July 29, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Tahoe National Forest: Stampede Vista Point". U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Retrieved July 29, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)