Lahontan Dam

Churchill County
  39.46505, -119.06895

"Although I can see the reasoning behind this placement, this marker might be better placed at two other locations. One being right inside the actual park immediately next to the dam. This would give us a better view of the not only the dam, but the reservoir behind it. The other location could be a few miles up at the main boat launch and ranger station beneath a nice canopy of trees for shade. Out here, shade is a valuable commodity. And ... I could use some right about now. Either way. #215 conquered." -- Journal Entry, September 2007

Along Dam Access Road (paved), 8 miles east of US 95 Alt
* From US 50, access the second road (unsigned) to the "Dam" *

Original Date Visited: 9/16/07

Signed: Both lanes of US 50

  • [215] Marker 215 and Lahontan Reservoir in the b.g.
  • [215] The construction of Derby Dam for the Newlands Reclamation Project, circa 1902
  • [215] Marker 215
  • [215] Lahontan Dam, circa 1905
  • [215] The Newlands Project has been a lifesaving concept for the desert

Exact Description:
Lahontan Dam, completed in 1915, is the key feature of the Newlands Irrigation Project which has turned Lahontan Valley into one of Nevada's most productive farming and ranching areas. With the completion of the dam's powerhouse, the electrical energy needs of Churchill County and the surrounding area were met.

The project was one of the first authorized under the Federal Reclamation Act of 1902 and the 1903 construction contract for Derby Dam and the Truckee Canal was the first entered into by the U.S. Reclamation Service, later the Bureau of Reclamation.

This undertaking, originally named the Truckee-Carson Project, was renamed the Newlands Project in 1919, in honor of U.S. Senator Francis G. Newlands of Nevada, an ardent supporter of federal reclamation projects and legislation which made them possible. Operations were transferred to the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District in 1926.

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Related Links & Markers:

 [43] -- Derby Diversion Dam   [63] -- Truckee River - East   Lahontan State Recreation Area (Nevada State Parks)    Newlands Reclamation Act (Water History) 

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