Donnells Reservoir From Dam

Donnells Reservoir

Donnells Reservoir is one of the three lakes within the Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts’ Tri-Dam project. It is located on the Middle Fork Stanislaus River about 15 miles northeast of Pinecrest and five miles upstream from Beardsley Reservoir. Donnells Reservoir was created by the construction of the 317-foot thin arch Donnells Dam back in […]

Beardsley Reservoir and Dam

Beardsley Reservoir

Beardsley Reservoir is a man-made lake located in the steep, rocky canyon of the Middle Fork Stanislaus River. The reservoir is located four miles northwest of Pinecrest Lake (as the crow flies) and roughly seven miles from Hwy 108 down the steep, winding, paved Beardsley Reservoir Rd (Forest Route 5N02). Beardsley Reservoir is part of the Tri-Dam Project […]

Peoria Wildlife Area

Peoria Wildlife Management Area

The Peoria Wildlife Management Area (aka Peoria Flat) is a public recreation area open to activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing (on nearby Table Mountain), wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and hunting (as regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game). This area was purchased specifically to mitigate wildlife habitat loss due to […]

Lyons Reservoir Day Use Area

Lyons Reservoir is a man-made lake that is formed by the construction of Lyons Dam back in 1930 by PG&E. This reservoir is currently the municipal water supply for Twain Harte and other localities in the lower elevations of the Sierra Nevada, above Sonora. Lyons Reservoir is surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest and provides many […]

Eagle-Shawmut Mine at Don Pedro Reservoir

Like many of the man-made reservoirs throughout the Mother Lode, Don Pedro Lake hides some hidden secrets that only reveal themselves every once in a while. Because of the low water levels due to the on-going drought in California, Don Pedro is revealing something that has not been seen for over 20 years. The Eagle-Shawmut […]

Dam on south side of forebay

Stanislaus Forebay

The Stanislaus Forebay is part of the Spring Gap/Stanislaus Hydroelectric Project, which is owned and operated by PG&E. The forebay and surrounding area is open to the public for recreational opportunities, namely fishing or exploring, however, the forebay is closed to boating and swimming. The forebay is fed by the 11.4-mile-long Stanislaus Power Tunnel which originates […]