Uvas Reservoir

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Uvas Reservoir
Uvas Reservoir.jpg
November 2000
Location of Uvas Reservoir in California, USA.
Location of Uvas Reservoir in California, USA.
Uvas Reservoir
Location of Uvas Reservoir in California, USA.
Location of Uvas Reservoir in California, USA.
Uvas Reservoir
LocationSanta Clara County, California
Coordinates37°03′57″N 121°41′26″W / 37.06583°N 121.69056°W / 37.06583; -121.69056Coordinates: 37°03′57″N 121°41′26″W / 37.06583°N 121.69056°W / 37.06583; -121.69056
Primary inflowsUvas Creek
Primary outflowsUvas Creek
Catchment area345 sq mi (894 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Managing agencySanta Clara Valley Water District
Surface area288 acres (1.17 km2)
Water volume10,000 acre⋅ft (0.012 km3)
Surface elevation440 ft (134 m)

Uvas Reservoir is an artificial lake located west of San Martin, California in the United States. The reservoir is surrounded by a 626-acre (253 ha) park managed by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department.[3] The park provides limited fishing[4] ("catch-and-release"), picnicking, and hiking activities. Boating is not permitted in the reservoir.[5]


The reservoir sits atop part of the Franciscan Formation. A variety of rocks from the formation can be found there, including slate, basalt, marble, and many others.


The reservoir was created in 1957 by the construction of the Uvas Dam[6] across Uvas Creek in the southern part of Uvas Valley. It is the fifth largest reservoir owned by the Santa Clara Valley Water District.[7]

In 2013, the Scoffone family sold 357 acres (144 ha) adjacent to the park to the Peninsula Open Space Trust, which doubled the park's size.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Listing of Jurisdictional Dams in California" (PDF). California Department of Water Resources. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Uvas Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Santa Clara County Parks: Uvas Reservoir". County of Santa Clara. Retrieved 2014-09-06. The reservoir, which captures water from the Uvas Creek watershed, is used to recharge supplies in underground aquifers that provide water to be pumped from wells for residential, agricultural, and industrial uses.
  4. ^ "Santa Clara County Parks: Fishing Guidelines". County of Santa Clara. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  5. ^ "Santa Clara County Parks: Boating Guidelines". County of Santa Clara. Retrieved 2017-07-03. Certain reservoirs and bodies of water in Santa Clara County are closed indefinitely to all vessels and floats - these include: Almaden, Chesbro, Sandy Wool, Cottonwood, Grant, Guadalupe, Uvas and Vasona.
  6. ^ "Santa Clara Valley Water District: Uvas Dam and Reservoir". Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  7. ^ "Santa Clara Valley Water District: List of Reservoirs". Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  8. ^ San Jose Mercury News, March 2013