Carpinteria Dam


Carpinteria Dam

There was no extensive geologic investigation program made at the dam site.  Eight power auger holes were drilled at the site, three 30 inch diameter holes, and five 20 inch diameter holes.

Examination of the holes showed that the entire area was predominately layers of silt, clay, gravel and silty sand. The depth and sequence of these layers varied.

RegionFacilities in Mid-Pacific | Mid-Pacific Home Page
CountySanta Brbara
Dam Type
Watercourseoffstream Storage
LocationNE of Carpinteria
Original Construction1951-1953
Modified Construction
National ID NumberCA10138
Hydrologic Unit Code

Structural Height31.0 ft
Hydraulic Height (Normal Operating Depth at Dam)17.0 ft
Top Parapet (Elevation)
Spillway Crest Elevation385.75 ft
Crest Elevation385.25 ft
Crest Length
Crest Width
Base Width
Volume of Dam Construction Materials
Streambed at Dam Axis
Top of Exclusive Flood Control Pool (Elevation)
Top of Joint Use Pool (Elevation)
Top of Active Conservation Pool (Elevation)382.00 ft
Top of Inactive Conservation Pool (Elevation)
Top of Dead Storage Pool (Elevation)

Hydraulics & Hydrology
Total Water Storage at Elevation
Maximum Water Surface Elevation
Normal Water Surface Elevation382.0 ft
Spillway Type
Auxiliary SpillwayNo
Spillway Capacity at Elevation11 cfs at 0.0 ft
Auxiliary Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Uncontrolled Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Outlet Works Capacity at Elevation17 cfs at 382.0 ft
Diversion Capacity at Elevation
Drainage Area0 sq mi
Hydrometeorological Report (HMR)HMR 58
Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) Report

Contact Information
TitleArea Office Manager
OrganizationSouth-Central California Area Office
Address1243 "N" Street
CityFresno, CA 93721-1813
Phone (Office)559-487-5116
OrganizationCarpinteria Valley Water District
AddressPO Box 578
CityCapinteria, CA 93014
Phone (Fax)805 684-3170
Phone (Office)805 684-2816

Last updated: Jun 04, 2009