Meeks Cabin Dam


Meeks Cabin Dam, located in Uinta County, about 2 miles north of the Utah-Wyoming state line and 22 miles southwest of Fort Bridger, is a rolled earth and rockfill structure with a height of 184.5 feet above streambed and a crest 3,162 feet long and 30 feet wide. The embankment contains 3,587,000 cubic yards of material. The spillway, with a discharge capacity of 6,250 cubic feet per second, has an uncontrolled concrete overflow crest at elevation 8686.4 feet with a 30 foot wide by 15 foot high rectangular conduit through the dam along the left abutment and a stilling basin at river level. The outlet works is located under the dam along the right abutment and has a maximum discharge capacity of 1,070 cubic feet per second at the maximum water surface elevation of 8699.5 feet. Meeks Cabin Reservoir has a total capacity of 32,470 acre-feet, covering an area of 473 acres.


 Meeks Cabin damsite is situated in the glacially carver valley on Blacks Fork Creek.  Morainal materials overlying a betonitic gypsiferous shale bedrock comprise the foundation sequence at the damsite.

RegionFacilities in Upper Colorado | Upper Colorado Home Page
Dam TypeZoned earth and rockfill
ReservoirMeeks Cabin
WatercourseBlacks Fork River
Original Construction1966-1971
Modified Construction
National ID NumberWY01390
Hydrologic Unit Code

Structural Height185 ft
Hydraulic Height (Normal Operating Depth at Dam)166 ft
Top Parapet (Elevation)
Spillway Crest Elevation8685.7 ft
Crest Elevation8706 ft
Crest Length3162 ft
Crest Width
Base Width
Volume of Dam Construction Materials3,587,492 cu yds
Streambed at Dam Axis8532.0 ft
Top of Exclusive Flood Control Pool (Elevation)
Top of Joint Use Pool (Elevation)
Top of Active Conservation Pool (Elevation)8685.7 ft
Top of Inactive Conservation Pool (Elevation)8585.0 ft
Top of Dead Storage Pool (Elevation)8582.0 ft

Hydraulics & Hydrology
Total Water Storage at Elevation
Maximum Water Surface Elevation8698.3 ft
Normal Water Surface Elevation
Spillway Type
Auxiliary SpillwayNo
Spillway Capacity at Elevation6250.0 cfs at 8699.6 ft
Auxiliary Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Uncontrolled Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Outlet Works Capacity at Elevation1070.0 cfs at 8699.6 ft
Diversion Capacity at Elevation
Drainage Area151 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
OrganizationBridger Valley Water Conservancy District
AddressP.O. Box 177  609 W. 3rd Street
CityMountain View, MT 82939
Phone (Office)307 782-3210

Last updated: Jun 23, 2009