USACE monitoring Terminus Dam and Lake Kaweah

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
Published March 14, 2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is closely monitoring Terminus Dam and Lake Kaweah in connection with the ongoing severe weather event.

Terminus Dam is not currently at risk of being damaged or overtopping, as the lake level is well below the top of dam. However, USACE teams are now monitoring the dam and lake levels around the clock and are coordinating with state and local partners to update release projections multiple times per day.

The outflow of water from the dam outlet is approximately 4,200 cubic feet of water per second as of Tuesday morning, and is expected to increase to approximately 7,800 cfs by Wednesday afternoon, declining into the weekend as the inflow recedes. The outflow fluctuates to accommodate unregulated downstream flow. Forecasted rain and increasing water outflow may cause localized flooding downstream of Terminus Dam.

Residents should monitor local and county authorities for the latest information, resources, and evacuation warnings.  This will not only help ensure your safety, but also maintain availability of emergency resources during this critical time.

For ongoing emergency information, please visit Tulare County Office of Emergency Services:, Tulare County – Emergencies: Tulare County – Evacuation Notices: and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services:

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Ken Wright
916-502-2673 (cell)

Release no. 23-011