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Summer 2024 at California’s 10 largest reservoirs

Updated: July 2024

Folsom, Calif.- Summer is here and Californiaโ€™s reservoirs are brimming from snowmelt! Anticipation is high for another fantastic year of water resources.

The previous two wet seasons have delivered California from a horrible drought and catastrophic fire seasons. A more than ample dose of precipitation these previous two years quickly tamped down on the doom and gloom projections.

Californiaโ€™s 10 largest reservoirs should deliver an epic summer season in the Golden State! Explore and Enjoy!

Fun Facts

  • Taller than the Hoover Dam, the Lake Oroville Dam at 770 feet is the tallest in the United States.
  • An acre foot is approximately 326,000 gallons. The average U.S. household is estimated to use between one half to one acre foot per year.
  • In 2017, the Lake Oroville Dam spillway at risk of failure caused a large scale evacuation

Total Outdoor use accounts for an estimated 30 percent of water use according the U.S. EPA.

California reservoir levels over time

July 2024

RESERVOIR% Capacity% Average
Shasta Lake87113
New Melones83133
Don Pedro93114
Lake Oroville91121
Trinity Lake83109
San Luis Res4992
New Bullards Bar92108
Lake McClure94133
Pine Flat Res86132

Nov 1, 2023

RESERVOIR% Capacity% Average
Shasta Lake69129
New Melones79147
Don Pedro81123
Lake Oroville68134
Trinity Lake5086
San Luis Res65145
New Bullards Bar69115
Lake McClure65152
Pine Flat Res56202

January 1, 2023

RESERVOIR% Capacity% Average
Shasta Lake3357
New Melones2953
Don Pedro5886
Lake Oroville3669
Trinity Lake2338
San Luis Res3454
New Bullards Bar68 110
Lake McClure2762
Pine Flat Res2675

November 1, 2022

RESERVOIR% Capacity% Average
Shasta Lake3158
New Melones2445
Don Pedro4975
Lake Oroville3161
Trinity Lake2238
San Luis Res2555
New Bullards Bar62 103
Lake McClure1842
Pine Flat Res1656

Oct 1, 2021

RESERVOIR% Capacity% Average
Shasta Lake2439
New Melones3563
Don Pedro5074
Lake Oroville2236
Trinity Lake2943
San Luis Res1226
New Bullards Bar4167
Lake McClure2045
Pine Flat Res2059
Folsom Lake2341

Top 10 California Reservoirs โ€“ July 4, 2021

RESERVOIR% Capacity% Average
Shasta Lake3848
New Melones5079
Don Pedro6177
Lake Oroville3139
Trinity Lake4755
San Luis Res3251
New Bullards Bar5362
Lake McClure3753
Pine Flat Res2841
Folsom Lake2935

data source: California Dept of Water Resources


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