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Which Are The Largest Lakes In California?
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Most Depleted Reservoirs Lake Oroville at nearly four times the size of Folsom Lake isn’t faring much better. Folsom Lake is currently at 29% capacity (35% of average), while Lake Oroville sits at 31% capacity (39% of average). Pine Flat Reservoir which impounds the Kings River currently sits at just 28% capacity.
The largest single reservoir in California is Shasta Lake, with a full volume of more than 4,552,000 acre-feet (5.615 km3).
Among freshwater lakes entirely contained within the state, the largest by area is Clear Lake, which covers 68 square miles (180 km 2). Many of California’s large lakes are actually reservoirs: artificial bodies of fresh water. In terms of both area and volume, the largest of these is Lake Shasta, which formed behind Shasta Dam in the 1940s.
Sitting at 1,897 metres above sea level, Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake, with a surface area of over 191 square metres. The magnificent lake sits at the border of California and Nevada and is a major tourist attraction thanks to its stunning scenery, as it is surrounded by conifer forest…
Trinity Lake, the third largest reservoir in the state, is an artificial lake located on the Trinity River, and formed by the Trinity Dam. The lake has a capacity of 2.448 million acre feet and stores water for the Central Valley Project.
The large freshwater lake is situated in the mountain range of Sierra Nevada and can be found in the counties of Placer, El Dorado, Douglas, Washoe, and Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest lake by volume in the US and the largest alpine lake in North America.