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Balsam Forebay
Balsam Forebay above Shaver Lake.jpg
Balsam Forebay is located in California
Balsam Forebay
Balsam Forebay
Location in California
Location Sierra National Forest, Fresno County, California
Coordinates 37°09′40″N 119°15′10″W / 37.16111°N 119.25265°W / 37.16111; -119.25265
Type Artificial lake
Basin countries United States
Built 1986 (1986)

Balsam Forebay is an artificial lake in the Sierra National Forest of Fresno County, California near California State Route 168 approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) north east of Shaver Lake. A trail provides public access to and around the forebay with access to from the southeast shore. Road access to limited to official vehicles. The area is popular for hiking, swimming, and a picnicking.

Balsam Meadow Dam

The lake is formed by the Balsam Meadow Dam, a rockfill dam completed in 1986. The dam is 1,325 feet (404 m) long and 127 feet (39 m) high, with 4.1 feet (1.2 m) of freeboard. Southern California Edison owns the dam.

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