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2 Dams to explore in Madera County

Madera County

Madera is the Spanish term for wood. The county derives its name from the town of Madera, named when the California Lumber Company built a log flume to carry lumber to the Central Pacific Railroad there in 1876.

Friant Dam
Friant DamFriant Dam, Friant, CA 93626, USA

A majestic gravity dam on the San Joaquin River in central California in the United States, on the boundary of Fresno and Madera Counties. Friant Dam was originally proposed in the 1930s as a main feature of the Central Valley Project, a federal water project that would involve building an expansive system of dams and canals on the rivers of the Central Valley to provide water for agriculture, with secondary purposes of flood control, municipal supply, and hydroelectric power generation.

Hidden Dam
Hidden DamHidden Dam, Raymond, CA 93653, USA

Hidden Dam is an earthen dam on the Fresno River in Madera County, California. It creates a reservoir known as Hensley Lake.It was built in 1975 .The dam is under federal ownership and is owned by the Cespk. It is also known as Hensley Lake. The reservoir it creates, Hensley Lake, has a water surface of two and a half square miles, over twenty miles of shoreline, and has a maximum storage capacity of 90,000 acre-feet.

Map of Dams to explore in Madera County