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Alder Lake
Location of Alder Lake in Washington, USA.
Location of Alder Lake in Washington, USA.
Alder Lake
Location in Washington (state)
Location of Alder Lake in Washington, USA.
Location of Alder Lake in Washington, USA.
Alder Lake
Location in the United States
Location Pierce County, Thurston County, Lewis County, Washington, United States
Coordinates 46°46′15″N 122°16′20″W / 46.77083°N 122.27222°W / 46.77083; -122.27222
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Nisqually River
Primary outflows Nisqually River
Catchment area 286 sq mi (740 km2)
Basin countries United States
Max. length 7 mi (11 km)
Surface area 3,065 acres (1,240 ha)
Shore length1 28 mi (45 km)
Surface elevation 1,207 ft (368 m) at full pool
Islands 5
Settlements Elbe
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Alder Lake is a 7 mi (11 km) long reservoir on the Nisqually River in Eatonville, Washington in the U.S. state of Washington, which was created by the construction of Alder Dam by Tacoma Power in September 1944. At the very eastern end of the lake is the town of Elbe, Washington. The name of the lake recalls the former small town of Alder, which was flooded in 1945 by the impounded water of the lake and disappeared. The extinct town, in turn, was named for alder trees near the original site.

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