Drought in the West A Photographic Essay     
Reno/Truckee Meadows
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Bucks Lake Whites, Thomas Creeks & Alexander Lake
Webber Lake Cold Stream/Sierraville CreekSierra Valley (Alfalfa) → Feather River (North Fork)Lake Oroville Brown, Davis & Franktown Creeks
Little Truckee River
Little Truckee River
Steamboat CreekWashoe LakeOphir Creek Tahoe Meadows
Independence LakeIndependence Creek
Davis/Davies & Merrill Creeks Lake Tahoe
Rock Lake(Upper) Price Lake
Stampede ReservoirLittle Truckee River 3Boca ReservoirLittle Truckee River 4Truckee River Donner CreekDonner Lake
Prosser CreekProsser Dam
Stampede Reservoir: 2.2015
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Stampede Reservoir (when full: capacity = 226,500 acre feet, surface area = 3,340 acres, shoreline = 25 miles) is Reno's 2nd largest fresh water reservoir after Lake Tahoe. Stampede Dam (earthen, 1970, created for fishing opportunity by the US Bureau of Reclamation and stocked as a California Department of Fish and Game target fishery for hatchery catchables) impounds the Little Truckee River (sources Webber Lake and Independence Lake) which empties into Boca Reservoir (earthen, 1939) for storage before becoming a tributary to the Truckee River.

Timberlines in the distance indicate the average level of the reservoir which sports speed boats and water skiers in normal years.

Image taken on lakebed.


Location on Stampede lakebed where media were taken.

VIDEO: Stampede Lakebed, 360° video. Note scant snow on peaks.

The ground was damp from recent rain, but the proliferation of terrain plants indicates the lakebed had been dry since last summer.

Timberline in the distance marks water level in normal years.