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Corps, community gather to celebrate 50 years of Black Butte Lake Dam

Published June 10, 2013
Since its creation, Black Butte Lake has been popular with sailors, as seen in this photo from the mid-1960s.

Since its creation, Black Butte Lake has been popular with sailors, as seen in this photo from the mid-1960s.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 10, 2013) – Celebrating 50 years of solid service, Corps and community leaders will gather July 19 to commemorate the 1963 opening of Black Butte Dam, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District project near Orland.

The public is invited to help commemorate this 50th anniversary in a ceremony planned for 10 a.m. July 19 in Eagle Pass Recreation Area.

“Black Butte Lake continues to enjoy a great relationship with surrounding communities,” said Brad Long, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park manager at Black Butte. “We’re very proud of the long-lasting friendships we have formed over the past 50 years.”

When full, Black Butte Lake has a surface area of 4,460 acres, is seven miles long and has a shoreline of 40 miles. Black Butte Dam serves regional needs for flood control, water supply and recreation.

If you helped with the construction of the dam or have a story about the construction or early days of the dam, Black Butte Lake leadership would like to hear from you. Please contact park ranger Mary Ann Deeming at 530-865-4722, extension 28 to share your memories or for more information about the anniversary celebration.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is America’s largest provider of outdoor recreation opportunities on federal public lands, serving more than 350 million visitors annually at 422 lake and river recreation parks in 43 states.

Contact
Robert Kidd
916-557-5100
robert.d.kidd@usace.army.mil

Release no. 13-041