Thief Valley Reservoir

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Thief Valley Reservoir
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Location Baker / Union counties, Eastern Oregon, United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 45°00′46″N 117°46′48″W / 45.01278°N 117.78°W / 45.01278; -117.78
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Powder River
Primary outflows Powder River
Basin countries United States
Surface elevation c. 3,000 ft (910 m)

Thief Valley Reservoir is a large reservoir on the Powder River in Eastern Oregon, United States. Primarily used for irrigation purposes, it lies at an elevation of approximately 3,000 feet, covers an area of 740 acres, and impounds 17,600 acre-feet. It provides good angling opportunities for rainbow trout in years of high water.

The reservoir was created in 1932 by the Thief Valley Dam, a project of the United States Bureau of Reclamation. The dam is a concrete-slab-and-buttress Ambursen structure, 73 feet high and 390 feet long.[1] The dam was designed by Frank A. Banks.[2]

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  2. ^ The United Press. Builder of Grand Coulee To Retire and Live Near It. The New York Times, September 12, 1950.