Stampede Dam (LBAO)

Stampede Dam on the Little Truckee RiverStampede Dam is located on the Little Truckee River, approximately 10 miles northeast of Truckee, California.

Background: Reclamation is raising the dam and dike structures by 11.5 feet to address dam safety concerns related to large flood events. In addition, two small dikes will be constructed near the south end of the reservoir to fill low-lying areas of the reservoir rim. The spillway crest structure will be reconstructed to limit outflows during large floods to the current spillway discharge capacity.

The construction contract for this work was awarded in May 2016 to NW Construction Incorporated (NW) for $21.8 million. Construction activities will begin in 2016 and extend through September 2018.

Current Status: Beginning September 6, 2016, through the end of September, the 2 mile unpaved section of Dog Valley Road from Hobbart Mills to the Stampede Boat Ramp Road will be improved to prepare it as the detour route to the campgrounds and boat ramp. This improvement will include grading the road, placing gravel surfacing, chip sealing and improving the existing drainage ditches and culverts. During this road work, the Dog Valley Road will remain open with traffic control. For the majority of the work, delays are expected to be less than five minutes. During the last phase when the chip seal is applied, delays could be as long as 20 minutes.

2017 Outlook:  Beginning in April 2017, the eastern section of Dog Valley Road which crosses the dam and dike will be closed to allow for construction.  Access to the reservoir will be available using the detour route.  A hyperlink to the temporary detour route which shows the closed section of Dog Valley Road is found below.

The Boat Ramp and Logger Campground will remain open during construction and the Emigrant Group Campground will be closed from April 2017 to October 2017.

Additional Information:  This website will be revised periodically with updated information as the construction project progresses. If you have additional questions related to the project, you may email them to:

Responses to questions received will be transmitted approximately weekly throughout the construction period. If you would like your email address to be added to a distribution list for periodic project updates, please indicate that in your email to the above address.


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Last Updated: 8/18/16