Turlock Lake

Davis Reservoir, later renamed Owens Reservoir and now called Turlock Lake was constructed in 1913 with a maximum storage capacity of 50,000 acre feet. Turlock Lake served as the District’s main storage reservoir until completion of the original Don Pedro Dam and Reservoir in 1923.

Today, Turlock Lake serves as a balancing reservoir storing water until it’s released into the canal system to satisfy irrigation demand. Turlock Lake also gives the District the flexibility to operate the Don Pedro Project independently from the irrigation system, maximizing the Don Pedro’s value to customers.

TID also operates a small hydro-generation facility at the outlet to Turlock Lake which, during the irrigation season produces clean, carbon free power. This facility factors into the District’s commitment to comply with California’s mandate that 50 percent of our generation come from renewable sources. Small hydro facilities such as Turlock Lake Power Plant are considered renewable sources while large hydro-generation facilities such as Don Pedro are not classified by the state as renewable.

Open all year, featuring camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and clean country air, the area offers visitors an opportunity to see the wonderful variety of native plant life that once flourished alongside the rivers of the San Joaquin Valley. Recreation at Turlock Lake is managed by American Land and Leisure. To make reservations visit Reserve America’s website.

If you would like more information about American Land and Leisure, please visit their website at www.americanLL.com.

Turlock Lake outlet gates

From Turlock Lake, water is released into the canal system.

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