Shaver Lake is an artificial lake on Stevenson Creek, in the Sierra National Forest of Fresno County, California. At elevation 5,500 feet (1,700 meters), several smaller streams also flow into the lake, and it receives water from the underground tunnels of Southern California Edison's Big Creek Hydroelectric Project. The town Shaver Lake is located on its southwest shore.
The lake was formed with the construction of Shaver Lake Dam, which was built by Southern California Edison and completed in 1927. The 180-foot dam was built in 50-foot (15-m) blocks, with a keyway to hold it in place and a 75-centimeter (30-inch) copper sheet to make it watertight. Its capacity is 135,283 acre·feet (166,869 dam3). Some water from the lake is discharged into Stevenson Creek for fish and other wildlife, but the rest is diverted to Big Creek, where it powers several hydroelectric plants in succession.
Open Water Swimming
Richard Gardner planned and is executing the unique Sierra Nevada Open Water 4 MS, a high-altitude swim and multiple sclerosis campaign in Shaver Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The Sierra Nevada Open Water 4 MS includes lake swims in Shaver Lake, June Lake, Lake Mary, Twin Lakes, Gull Lake, Lake Sabrina, Tenaya Lake, Lake Edison, Huntington Lake, Florence Lake, and Bass Lake in 2017-2018.
The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Basin and Range Province. The vast majority of the range lies in the state of California, although the Carson Range spur lies primarily in Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is part of the American Cordillera, a chain of mountain ranges (cordillera) that consists of an almost continuous sequence of mountain ranges that form the western "backbone" of North America, Central America, South America and Antarctica.