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Lake Kaweah, Lemon Cove

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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 560sqmi 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 185000acre.ft. A project to raise the lake 21ft was completed in 2004. The lake now impounds an additional 42000acre.ft and downstream flood protection to downstream communities and agricultural land has been increased.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.
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  • It is a huge lake but had less water in oct. It is formed by Terminus Dam on the Kawesh River Built by U S Army Corps of Engineer's.One can do fishing or boating if just play around in the area. Nice ...  more »
  • Nice before coming to sequoia park Lake! Passage after a storm hit the parking lot were flooded but it allows some pretty pictures
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  • This lake is huge. You can fish from the banks or from a boat. They have a marina and they rent boats daily. The water is used to water the agriculture farms and dairy cattle in Tulare County. A total...  more »
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  • Grew up fishing this lake and enjoyed the camping trip I had there
  • Good lake,good fishing way to many people to really get any peace and quiet.
  • Amazing get away location for family bonding. Great swimming location and I love taking pictures of nature. I spend a lot of time with my family here. A lot of great memories.
  • Love it here didn't catch anything but still like it here
  • New boat ramp. Has a new bathroom and shower. Perfect place for family fun!
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