Reservoir Levels Weather Hydrology

Beardsley Lake is a reservoir located in the Stanislaus National Forest near Strawberry, California. The lake was created in the 1950s to provide water for hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, and recreation. The hydrology of the lake is fed by the Middle Fork Stanislaus River and Beaver Creek. In addition, snowpack from the Sierra Nevada Mountains provides significant surface flow to the lake. The lake is also used for agricultural irrigation and as a recreational destination for boating, fishing, and camping. The surrounding area is known for its scenic beauty, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing opportunities. The lake has been a popular destination for anglers since its creation, with rainbow trout, brown trout, and kokanee salmon being the primary fish species found in the lake.

July 19, 2024







Lake Or Reservoir Water Surface Elevation Above Ngvd 1929, Ft 24hr Change -0.04%
Percent of Normal 100%
Minimum 3,261.99 ft
Maximum 3,396.85 ft
Average 3,370 ft
Dam_Height 278
Hydraulic_Height 276
Drainage_Area 310
Year_Completed 1957
Nid_Storage 97800
Structural_Height 284
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
River_Or_Stream Middle Fork Stanislaus River
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 720
Hazard_Potential High
Outlet_Gates Tainter (radial) - 4
Dam_Length 1000
Nid_Height 284

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Robinson Flat 14 6,696 ft
Gerle Creek 50 5,272 ft
Hell Hole 10 5,167 ft
Northshore 15 6,411 ft
William Kent 95 6,337 ft
Mineral Bar - Auburn State Rec Area 18 1,167 ft
Nevada Beach 54 6,213 ft
Sugar Pine Point State Park 175 6,465 ft
Meeks Bay 40 6,225 ft
Airport Flat 16 5,383 ft

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