Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lake Siskiyou's Box Canyon Dam in Mt. Shasta Ca.

My Husband Zach and I had an amazing tour of Box Canyon

Dam on Friday June 18th and toted the children along.

Thanks go out to Todd Cory, one of its operators for providing us the opportunity to share the Dam with the world. Todd has been working their since 1999 and displays so much knowledge and pride in its operations and history! We enjoyed every aspect and detail along the way. Here it is through mine and Zachs photo journalistic eye... Public tours are not available at this time...

Todd is also the founder and owner of Mount Shasta Energy Services. You can visit his page here and learn more about what he offers.!/pages/Mount-Shasta-CA/Mount-Shasta-Energy-Services/305074483863?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=23

Below are some comments and notes pulled from the images I posted on facebook... Good to know stuf :)

Box Canyon Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Sacramento River forming Lake Siskiyou in the Shasta National Forest of Siskiyou County, California. Built in 1964 to create Lake Siskiyou, a recreation project.

The dam stands 191 ft from river bottom to the top of spill way. and about 200 ft thick at the bottom. this dam does not need the canyon wall for support just the weight of concrete alone can hold back the lake.

During the time these pictures were taken in late May of 2010, the lake level was about 192 ft spilling 1 ft over the spill way.

The spillway at the bottom of the dam was built in 1986 to house the new hydroplant/power house underneath it, which you will get to see more of as soon as we make our way down...

Kids used to throw bowling balls off the dam back in the day. I sure hope they dont anymore lol. Anyways, some divers had went down to inspect erosion in 1995 Among their normal report they also reported sighting alot of strange looking rocks? Which the operators knew were broken bowling balls!

I apologize for them being out of order... Blogger hasnt quite developed the ease of picture management yet :)

To see more images click on the "see more" link :)

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