Shaver Lake

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Shaver Lake
Shaver Lake 1.jpg
LocationSierra National Forest
Fresno County, California
Coordinates37°07′33″N 119°17′27″W / 37.12597°N 119.29075°W / 37.12597; -119.29075Coordinates: 37°07′33″N 119°17′27″W / 37.12597°N 119.29075°W / 37.12597; -119.29075
TypeReservoir
Primary inflowsStevenson Creek
Primary outflowsStevenson Creek
Big Creek
Catchment area29.3 sq mi (76 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area2,177 acres (881 ha)
Water volume135,283 acre·ft (166,869 dam3)
Surface elevation5,500 ft (1,700 m)
SettlementsShaver Lake
Shaver Lake Heights
ReferencesU.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shaver Lake
 
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Shaver Lake
Shaver Lake 1.jpg
LocationSierra National Forest
Fresno County, California
Coordinates37°07′33″N 119°17′27″W / 37.12597°N 119.29075°W / 37.12597; -119.29075Coordinates: 37°07′33″N 119°17′27″W / 37.12597°N 119.29075°W / 37.12597; -119.29075
TypeReservoir
Primary inflowsStevenson Creek
Primary outflowsStevenson Creek
Big Creek
Catchment area29.3 sq mi (76 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area2,177 acres (881 ha)
Water volume135,283 acre·ft (166,869 dam3)
Surface elevation5,500 ft (1,700 m)
SettlementsShaver Lake
Shaver Lake Heights
ReferencesU.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shaver Lake

Shaver Lake is an artificial lake on Stevenson Creek, in the Sierra National Forest of Fresno County, California. At elevation 5,500 ft (1,700 m), several smaller streams also flow into the lake and receives water from the underground tunnels of Southern California Edison's Big Creek Hydroelectric Project.[1] The town Shaver Lake is located on its south-west shore.

The lake was formed with the construction of Shaver Lake Dam, which was built by Southern California Edison and completed in 1927. The 180-foot dam was built in 50-foot (15-m) blocks, with a keyway to hold it in place and a 75-centimeter (30-inch) copper sheet to make it watertight. Its capacity is 135,283 acre·ft (166,869 dam3). Some water from the lake is discharged into Stevenson Creek for fish and other wildlife, but the rest is diverted to Big Creek, where it powers several hydroelectric plants in succession.

The area now covered by the lake was extensively logged before the dam was built, and an extensive log flume system several miles long was constructed to bring logs down the mountain. The town to this day maintains a nostalgic logging theme. Several buildings in town are in fact old, converted sawmills. Adjacent to the lake is Camp Edison, built and operated by SCE.[2]

The reality TV shows Endurance High Sierras and Capture were filmed at Shaver Lake in summer 2006 and summer 2013, respectively.

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  1. ^ Big Creek Project
  2. ^ Camp Edison