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Lake Kaweah

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Type  Reservoir
Primary outflows  Kaweah River
Surface elevation  163 m
Inflow source  Kaweah River
Primary inflows  Kaweah River
Basin countries  United States
Catchment area  1,450 km²
Outflow location  Kaweah River
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Water volume  185,000 acre·ft (228,000,000 m)
References  U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Kaweah
Similar  Terminus Dam, Sierra Nevada, Lake Success, Sequoia National Park, Ash Mountain Entrance

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Lake Kaweah is a reservoir near Lemon Cove in Tulare County, California. The lake is formed by Terminus Dam on the Kaweah River. The river originates in the San Joaquin Valley beneath the Sierra Nevada mountains and drains about 560 sq mi (1,500 km2) into Lake Kaweah. From Lake Kaweah, the river flows toward the city of Visalia, splitting into the Kaweah River and St. Johns River as it flows west into the Tulare Lakebed. The lake has a capacity of 185,000 acre·ft (228,000,000 m3). A project to raise the lake 21 ft (6.4 m) was completed in 2004. The lake now impounds an additional 42,000 acre·ft (52,000,000 m3) and downstream flood protection to downstream communities and agricultural land has been increased.

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Map of Lake Kaweah, California 93244, USA

Because its primary purpose is flood control, Lake Kaweah is maintained at a very low level or empty for most of the year, and generally only fills between May and June. Due to the limited capacity of the reservoir, large spills of floodwater often occur after large rain storms. In the winter, water is released as quickly as possible to ensure room for floodwater which can then be released at a controlled rate. During floods in 1997, the reservoir filled and emptied twice because of this operation regime.

At the upper end of Lake Kaweah is the small town of Three Rivers, which sits at the entrance to Sequoia National Park.

References

Lake Kaweah Wikipedia


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