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Elderberry Forebay Dam
Location Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates 34°33′43″N 118°37′51″W / 34.56194°N 118.63083°W / 34.56194; -118.63083Coordinates: 34°33′43″N 118°37′51″W / 34.56194°N 118.63083°W / 34.56194; -118.63083
Opening date 1974
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Earthfill
Impounds Castaic Creek
Height 179 ft (55 m)
Length 1,935 ft (590 m)
Elevation at crest 1,550 ft (470 m)
Width (base) 25 ft (7.6 m)
Dam volume 5,896,950 cu yd (4,508,540 m3)
Reservoir
Creates Elderberry Forebay
Total capacity 28,400 acre⋅ft (35,000 dam3)
Catchment area 81.6 sq mi (211 km2)
Surface area 450 acres (180 ha)
Normal elevation 1,519 ft (463 m)

Elderberry Forebay Dam is a dam located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of northwestern Los Angeles County, California. The dam partitions Elderberry Forebay from Castaic Lake. It forms the headwater reservoir for Castaic Power Plant, a pumped-storage hydroelectricity generation facility. The dam was completed in 1974 as part of the California State Water Project.

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