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 it receives water from the tunnels of Southern California Edison's Big Creek Hydroelectric Project. The town Shaver Lake is located on its south-west shore.
|Location||Sierra National Forest|
Fresno County, California
|Primary inflows||Stevenson Creek|
|Primary outflows||Stevenson Creek|
|Catchment area||29.3 sq mi (76 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||2,177 acres (881 ha)|
|Water volume||135,283 acre⋅ft (166,869 dam3)|
|Surface elevation||5,500 ft (1,700 m)|
Shaver Lake Heights
|References||U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shaver Lake|
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.
On August 13, 1943, Grace Craycroft (née Shaver), the daughter of pioneer lumberman Charles B. Shaver after whom the lake and town is named, drowned after suffering from a heart attack whilst attempting to save a 12-year-old boy from drowning.
The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project is a non-profit organization to educate the public on fishing and make Shaver Lake a fishing destination.
- Department of Water Resources (2009). "Station Meta Data: Shaver Lake (SHV)". California Data Exchange Center. State of California. Retrieved 2009-04-01.