Bartlett Dam


From 1936-1939, Bartlett Dam was constructed by Reclamation on the Verde River, 48 miles northeast of Phoenix. This multiple-arch dam is 287 feet high, contains 182,000 cubic yards of concrete, and creates a 178,490 acre-foot capacity reservoir.

Bartlett Dam was modified by Reclamation between 1994 and 1996 to address safety concerns. The modification included construction of a new, unlined auxiliary spillway about 1,500 feet south of the dam's left abutment, along with a concrete control structure and three-segment fuseplug embankment along with training dikes. In addition, the dam was raised 21.5 feet to prevent overtopping, and the walls and bridge of the existing service spillway structure were modified. Modifications were begun in March 1994 and completed in December 1996.

RegionFacilities in Lower Colorado | Lower Colorado Home Page
ProjectSalt River
Dam Type Multiple Arch/Buttress
ReservoirBartlett Lake
WatercourseVerde River
Location 48 miles northeast of Phoenix, Arizona
Original Construction1936-1939
Modified Construction1994-1996
National ID NumberAZ10308
Hydrologic Unit Code

Structural Height308.5 ft
Hydraulic Height (Normal Operating Depth at Dam)188.0 ft
Top Parapet (Elevation)1824.5 ft
Spillway Crest Elevation
Crest Elevation1821 ft
Crest Length823 ft
Crest Width4.5 ft (top of arches)
Base Width7.5 feet (base of arches)
Volume of Dam Construction Materials223,773 cu-yds (post-modifications)
Streambed at Dam Axis1540 feet
Top of Exclusive Flood Control Pool (Elevation)
Top of Joint Use Pool (Elevation)
Top of Active Conservation Pool (Elevation)1798 ft
Top of Inactive Conservation Pool (Elevation)
Top of Dead Storage Pool (Elevation)1610 ft (bottom elevation of sluiceway slide gate outlets)

Hydraulics & Hydrology
Total Water Storage at Elevation 178,000 af at 1798.0 ft
Maximum Water Surface Elevation1821.0 ft
Normal Water Surface Elevation 1798.0 ft
Spillway Type Service
Spillway Capacity at Elevation287,500 cfs at 1821.0 ft
Auxiliary Spillway Yes
Auxiliary Spillway Capacity at Elevation261,700 cfs at 1821.0 ft
Uncontrolled Spillway Capacity at Elevation261,700 cfs at 1821.0 ft
Outlet Works Capacity at Elevation2400 cfs at 1798.0 ft
Diversion Capacity at Elevation
Drainage Area6,160 sq mi
Hydrometeorological Report (HMR)HMR 49
Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) Report1990 Winter

Contact Information
TitleArea Office Manager
OrganizationPhoenix Area Office
Address6150 West Thunderbird Road
CityGlendale, AZ 85306-6200
Phone (Fax)623 773-6480
Phone (Office)623 773-6200
OrganizationArea Office Manager
AddressPhoenix Area Office
CityPhoenix, AZ 85306-6200
Phone (Office)623 773-6200

Last updated: Feb 17, 2011