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Chesbro Reservoir
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April 2010
Location of Chesbro Lake in California, USA.
Location of Chesbro Lake in California, USA.
Chesbro Reservoir
Location in California
Location of Chesbro Lake in California, USA.
Location of Chesbro Lake in California, USA.
Chesbro Reservoir
Location in the United States
Location Santa Clara County, California
Coordinates 37°7′21″N 121°42′40″W / 37.12250°N 121.71111°W / 37.12250; -121.71111
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Llagas Creek
Primary outflows Llagas Creek
Catchment area 19.5 sq mi (51 km2)
Basin countries United States
Managing agency Santa Clara Valley Water District
Surface area 328 acres (1.33 km2)
Water volume 8,086 acre⋅ft (0.010 km3)
Surface elevation 531 ft (162 m)
Chesbro Reservoir aerial
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Chesbro Reservoir is an artificial lake located three miles (5 km) west of Morgan Hill, California, in the United States. A 232-acre (94 ha) county park surrounds the reservoir and provides limited fishing ("catch-and-release"), picnicking, and hiking activities. Swimming and boating are not permitted in the reservoir.

History

The reservoir was created in 1955 by the construction of the Elmer J. Chesbro Dam across Llagas Creek in the valley west of El Toro peak. The reservoir and dam were named after Elmer J. Chesbro, a local doctor who was president of the Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District (now the Santa Clara Valley Water District) at the time.

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