Deer Creek Dam


Deer Creek Dam is located on the Provo River about 16 miles northeast of Provo, Utah. It is a zoned earthfill structure 235 feet high with a crest length of 1,304 feet. The dam contains 2,810,000 cubic yards of material and forms a reservoir of 152,570 acre-foot capacity. The spillway is a concrete chute at the right abutment controlled by two radial gates. The capacity of the spillway is 12,000 cubic feet per second. The outlet works through the left abutment is a concrete-lined tunnel from the trashrack to the gate chamber, from which two steel pipes lead to the powerplant. Releases are controlled by two tube valves. The outlet works has a capacity of 1,500 cubic feet per second. 


The dam and outlet works tunnel are founded in limestone, shaley limestone, and quartzose sandstone of the Pennsylvanian Oquirrh Formation.  Rock units dip upstream at 30 degrees.  Alluvial deposits up to 86 feet deep underlie the shells of the dam and spillway.  A positive cutoff was achieved by excavation a cutoff trench through the river alluvium, grouting the foundation rock, and constructing a concrete cutoff wall.  The rock was fractured, but no faults were found in the foundation.  An additional shallow cutoff trench was excavated beneath the zone 2 downstream of the core to remove a 4-to15-foot-thick sequence of clay and organic material.

RegionFacilities in Upper Colorado | Upper Colorado Home Page
ProjectProvo River
Dam Type
ReservoirDeer Creek
WatercourseProvo River
Net Generation21,100,754 kWh
Original Construction1938 - 1941
Modified Construction
National ID NumberUT10117
Hydrologic Unit Code

Structural Height235 ft
Hydraulic Height (Normal Operating Depth at Dam)150 ft
Top Parapet (Elevation)
Spillway Crest Elevation5397.0 ft
Crest Elevation5425.0 ft
Crest Length1304 ft
Crest Width
Base Width
Volume of Dam Construction Materials2,810,000 cu yd
Streambed at Dam Axis5270.0 ft
Top of Exclusive Flood Control Pool (Elevation)
Top of Joint Use Pool (Elevation)
Top of Active Conservation Pool (Elevation)5417.0 ft
Top of Inactive Conservation Pool (Elevation)
Top of Dead Storage Pool (Elevation)5305.0 ft

Hydraulics & Hydrology
Total Water Storage at Elevation
Maximum Water Surface Elevation5420.0 ft
Normal Water Surface Elevation
Spillway Type
Auxiliary SpillwayNo
Spillway Capacity at Elevation12000.0 cfs at 5417.0 ft
Auxiliary Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Uncontrolled Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Outlet Works Capacity at Elevation1500.0 cfs at 5417.0 ft
Diversion Capacity at Elevation
Drainage Area560.0 sq mi
Hydrometeorological Report (HMR)
Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) Report

Contact Information
TitleArea Office Manager
OrganizationProvo Area Office
Address302 East 1860 South
CityProvo, UT 84606-7317
Phone (Office)801 379-1101
OrganizationProvo River Water Users Association
Address285 West 1100 North
CityPleasant Grove, UT 84062
Phone (Office)801 796-8770

Last updated: Feb 20, 2009