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Location DB > United States > California > New Almaden > Almaden Reservoir
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Almaden Reservoir
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created by cambrianguy on 1/26/2007 10:54 PM
last modified by cambrianguy on 2/3/2007 8:45 AM
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 Overview
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The Santa Clara Valley Water District owns and operates 7 reservoirs in Santa Clara Country. Almaden is the most unique as it was built between two old mining towns (New Almaden and Twin Creeks). The dam and reservoir were constructed and flooded/inundated in 1934 and 1935 which also submerged a small town called "Cannon's Resort".
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
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New Almaden, California
United States
Owner: Santa Clara Valley Water District
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  •  Hazards
  • flooding
  • water
  • mud, limited parking, steep grades, loose footing
  •  Interesting Features
    When the water level is low, the reservoir reveals many strange and interesting things. Downstream from the dam, where Almamitos Road crosses the stream, there is an under-bridge "hangout" which is heavily tagged with graffiti.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • limited parking (usually turnouts on the road)
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1935
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • good hiking boots
  •  Recommended Equipment

     History
    Almaden dam and reservoir is one of the six original reservoirs in the county. It was completed in 1935. "Almaden" in Spanish means "mineral" or "mine." In 1845 Andres Castillero discovered a quicksilver (mercury) deposit in the area now known as the Almaden hills. At one time, the New Almaden Mine was the largest mercury-producing mine in the Americas. The dam and reservoir are located in these same hills. The reservoir can store 1,586 acre-feet of water. Its surface area is 57 acres.
     Media Coverage
    http://www.valleyw...voirs/Almaden.shtm
     Future Plans
    The Almaden Dam Program includes construction, inspection and maintenance activities. The proposed 10-year program involves three elements: (1) replacement of the intake structure located inside the reservoir and upstream side of the dam; (2) the installation of a dam seepage collection and monitoring system located at the downstream toe of the dam; and (3) ongoing maintenance activities associated with the dam and outlet works facilities.


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    Daytime pics in Jan 2007
    Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
    15 pictures
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    2nd Person Visit...
    Sat, Jan 27th, 2007
    posted by RailGuy88
    17 pictures
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    March 13, 2007 - Almost full
    Tue, Mar 13th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
    6 pictures
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    Quick visit
    Sat, Sep 22nd, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
    5 pictures
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    Few Dec2007 pics
    Thu, Dec 13th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
    1 pictures
     


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     Panoramas

    Nov 27 - Uunderwater Island in Almaden Reservoir
    Thu, Dec 13th, 2007
    posted by cambrianguy
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/13/2007 3:58 PM.

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  • on Dec 13 07 at 15:58, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 13 07 at 6:21, cambrianguy updated panorama Nov 27 - Uunderwater Island in Almaden Reservoir
  • on Dec 13 07 at 6:20, cambrianguy updated a panorama image
  • on Dec 13 07 at 6:19, cambrianguy updated panorama Nov 27 - Uunderwater Island in Almaden Reservoir
  • on Dec 13 07 at 6:16, cambrianguy updated gallery picture Something in the water
  • on Dec 13 07 at 6:14, cambrianguy added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Dec 13 07 at 6:13, cambrianguy updated gallery Few Dec2007 pics
  • on Dec 13 07 at 6:11, cambrianguy created a new gallery
  • on Sep 23 07 at 15:24, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 22 07 at 23:46, cambrianguy added some pictures to a gallery
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