Scofield Dam


Scofield Dam is on the Price River, a tributary of the Green River, about 22 miles northwest of Price, Utah, and is the principal feature of the Scofield Project. Scofield Dam is a zoned earthfill structure with a structural height of 125 feet. It contains 204,000 cubic yards of material. The spillway is a free overflow concrete chute on the right abutment of the dam. The outlet works consists of an inlet structure, a concrete conduit through the base of the dam, and a gate chamber housing two gates, one for emergency operation and the other for regulation of reservoir outflow.


The Scofield dam site is located near the northern plateau, a large area of nearly horizontal sedimentary rocks that has been elevated above the general level of the region.  The rock column is made up of sandstone, shales, limestone and coal ranging in age from cretaceous to tertiary.  Locally, the beds have been faulted into horst-graben type of structure.  Pleasant valley in which the reservoir is located occupies one of the larger down-thrown or graben blocks.  The dam site is located in a narrow canyon cut by Fish Creek as it drained eastward across on of the up-thrown blocks.  The reservoir basin is partially structural and partly erosional being combined result of faulting and subsequent erosion.  There is no evidence of recent movement on the fault.  The basin is covered with a thick mantle of slope wash, which has formed an effective seal over the fault zones.

RegionFacilities in Upper Colorado | Upper Colorado Home Page
Dam TypeZoned earthfill
WatercoursePrice River
Original Construction1943-1946
Modified Construction
National ID NumberUT10133
Hydrologic Unit Code

Structural Height96.0 ft
Hydraulic Height (Normal Operating Depth at Dam)60.0 ft
Top Parapet (Elevation)
Spillway Crest Elevation
Crest Elevation7636.0 ft
Crest Length575 ft
Crest Width
Base Width
Volume of Dam Construction Materials204,000 cu yds
Streambed at Dam Axis7570.0
Top of Exclusive Flood Control Pool (Elevation)
Top of Joint Use Pool (Elevation)
Top of Active Conservation Pool (Elevation)7617.5
Top of Inactive Conservation Pool (Elevation)
Top of Dead Storage Pool (Elevation)7586.0 ft

Hydraulics & Hydrology
Total Water Storage at Elevation 73,600 ac ft at El 7616.5
Maximum Water Surface Elevation7630.0 ft
Normal Water Surface Elevation
Spillway Type
Auxiliary SpillwayNo
Spillway Capacity at Elevation6200.0 cfs at 7630.0 ft
Auxiliary Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Uncontrolled Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Outlet Works Capacity at Elevation500.0 cfs at 7630.0 ft
Diversion Capacity at Elevation
Drainage Area161.0 sq mi
Hydrometeorological Report (HMR)HMR xx
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
OrganizationCarbon Water Conservancy District
Address3515 West Consumer Road, Box 509
CityHelper UT 84526
Phone (Office)435 472-3357

Last updated: Apr 08, 2009