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Lake Almanor is a large reservoir in northwestern Plumas County, northeastern California. The reservoir has a capacity of over one million acre-feet and a maximum depth of about 90 feet. It is formed by Canyon Dam on the North Fork of the Feather River, as well as Benner and Last Chance Creeks, Hamilton Branch, and various natural springs. Lake ...
        Area: 28,257 Acres

Lake Berryessa is the largest lake in Napa County, California. This reservoir is formed by the Monticello Dam, which provides water and hydroelectricity to the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The lake was named for the first European settlers in the Berryessa Valley, José Jesús and Sexto "Sisto" Berrelleza (a Basque surname, Angl...
        Area: 17,000 Acres      Printed Lake Berryessa Map

Clear Lake is a natural freshwater lake in Lake County in the U.S. state of California, north of Napa County and San Francisco. It is the largest natural freshwater lake wholly within the state, with 68 square miles of surface area. At an age of 2.5 million years, it is the oldest lake in North America. It is the latest lake to occupy a site with a...
    Full Pool: 1,329.0 MSL     Area: 43,520 Acres      Printed Clear Lake Map

Eagle Lake is a lake at 5,098 ft elevation in Lassen County approximately 15 miles north of Susanville, California. An endorheic alkaline lake, it is the second largest natural lake entirely in the state of California, United States. Eagle Lake is home to osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), from which it gets i...
        Area: 24,000 Acres

Folsom Lake is a reservoir on the American River in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, United States. It is located within Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento counties. It is about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. The lake surface area is 11,500 acres its elevation is 466 feet and it has 75 miles of undulated shoreline. Folsom Lake and the s...
    Full Pool: 466.0 MSL     Area: 11,450 Acres      Printed Folsom Lake Map

Lake Havasu is a large reservoir behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River, on the border between California and Arizona. Lake Havasu City sits on the lake's eastern shore. The lake has a capacity of 648,000 acre feet (799,000,000 m3). The concrete arch dam was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation between 1934 and 1938. The lake's primary...
    Full Pool: 445.0 MSL     Area: 19,300 Acres

Lake Isabella also called Isabella Lake, is a reservoir in Kern County, California, United States created by the earthen Isabella Dam. It was formed in 1953 when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Kern River at the junction of its two forks at Whiskey Flat. At 11,000 acres, it is one of the larger reservoirs in California. The area is in t...
    Full Pool: 2,605.5 MSL     Area: 11,000 Acres      Printed Lake Isabella Map

Keswick dam acts as Shasta dam’s after-bay stabilizing the erratic water flow released through Shasta power plant. Keswick reservoir captures water diverted from the Trinity River through the trinity river division. Keswick power plant further generates power using Sacramento River. The CVP is a major water conservation developments extending from ...
    Full Pool: 601.6 MSL     Area: 6,380 Acres

Millerton Lake is a lake near the town of Friant in Fresno County and Madera County, California, about 15 miles north of downtown Fresno, United States. It is formed by Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River. Part of the Central Valley Project, the dam was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and was completed in 1942. The lake stores wate...
        Area: 5,000 Acres      Printed Millerton Lake Map

Lake Nacimiento is an 18-mile long lake on the Nacimiento River in northern San Luis Obispo County, California. The lake contains many arms including Snake Creek and Dip Creek, nearer the dam, and the central Las Tablas and Franklin Creeks. Because of the dragon-like shape created by the positions of these arms, it is sometimes referred to as Drago...
        Area: 5,370 Acres

Lake Oroville, is a reservoir formed by the Oroville Dam impounding the Feather River, located in Butte County, northern California. The lake is situated 5 miles northeast of the city of Oroville, within the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. At over 3,500,000 acre feet, it is the second-largest r...
    Full Pool: 900.0 MSL     Area: 15,810 Acres

The Salton Sea is a shallow, landlocked body of water that has a high concentration of salts in Riverside and Imperial counties, on the San Andreas Fault at the southern end of the U.S. state of California. It lies within the Salton Trough that stretches to the Gulf of California in Mexico. Over millions of years, the Colorado River has flowed into...
        Area: 219,520 Acres

Shasta Lake is a reservoir in Shasta County, California, United States. It is within the Whiskeytown–Shasta–Trinity National Recreation Area, operated by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It is also popularly known as "Lake Shasta". It is impounded by Shasta Dam, the ninth tallest dam in the United States. Known as the keystone of the Central Va...
    Full Pool: 1,067.0 MSL     Area: 29,750 Acres      Printed Lake Shasta Map

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second-deepest in the United States (th...
    Full Pool: 6,225.0 MSL     Area: 123,520 Acres

Lake Name Full Pool *
(MSL) **
Acres River Map
Antelope 4,993.7 931 Feather River
Arrowhead 784
Big Bear
Black Butte 442.5
Bucks 1,827
Cachuma 753.0 3,100 Santa Ynez River
Casitas 2,720 Buy Casitas Lake Map
Castaic 2,427
Cherry 1,535
Copco 1,000
Crystal 5
Davis 5,763.7 Feather River
Diamond Valley 4,500
Donner 5,929.0 Upper Truckee River
Eastman 587.0 Chowchilla River
Elsinore 3,300
Englebright 522.4 Yuba River
Frenchman 5,554.9 Feather River
Gregory 86
Hensley 475.6 Fresno River
Huntington 1,435
Ice House 5,430.2 American River
Independence 6,947.8 Upper Truckee River
June 320
Kelly 70
Loon 6,395.6 American River
Madrone 25
Mammoth 120
McClure 741.8 Merced River
Mendocino 764.8 1,822
Natoma 123.1 American River
New Bullards Bar
New Hogan 634.5 Calaveras River
New Melones
Pardee 563.2 Mokelumne River
Perris 1,548.5
Pillsbury 2,280
Pine Flat 763.1 Kings River
Pine Mountain 202
Piru 1,200 Buy Lake Piru Map
Pyramid 2,574.8
San Luis
Santa Margarita 1,100 Salinas River
Senator Wash 251.0
Sequoia 77
Sonoma 488.0 2,700 Dry Creek
Stampede 5,898.5 Little Truckee River
Success 582.8 Tule River
Topaz 2,410
Tulloch 1,260
Twain Harte 7
Union Valley 4,828.6 American River
Wildwood 290
* Full Pool - Highest normal summer pool level before flood stage
** MSL - Mean (average) feet above sea level

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