Starvation Dam


Starvation Dam is a zoned earthfill dam located three miles northwest of Duchesne, Utah on the
Strawberry River. Construction dates: 1967-1970.


Only one formation, the Unita, occurs in the damsite and reservoir area.  A 1,800-foot thickness was measured near the area by Kay.  It is mostly fluvial in origin at the damsite but becomes partially lacustrine within the upper areas of the reservoir.  It is composed of interbedded variegated

RegionFacilities in Upper Colorado | Upper Colorado Home Page
ProjectCUP-Bonneville Unit
Dam Type
ReservoirStarvation Reservoir
WatercourseStrawberry River
Original Construction1970
Modified Construction
National ID Number
Hydrologic Unit Code

Structural Height200.3 ft
Hydraulic Height (Normal Operating Depth at Dam)162.0 ft
Top Parapet (Elevation)
Spillway Crest Elevation
Crest Elevation5725.0 ft
Crest Length3070.0 ft
Crest Width
Base Width
Volume of Dam Construction Materials483,600 cu yds
Streambed at Dam Axis5563.0 ft
Top of Exclusive Flood Control Pool (Elevation)
Top of Joint Use Pool (Elevation)5712.0 ft
Top of Active Conservation Pool (Elevation)
Top of Inactive Conservation Pool (Elevation)5624.8 ft
Top of Dead Storage Pool (Elevation)5595.0 ft

Hydraulics & Hydrology
Total Water Storage at Elevation
Maximum Water Surface Elevation5718.3 ft
Normal Water Surface Elevation
Spillway Type
Auxiliary SpillwayNo
Spillway Capacity at Elevation 16,000 cfs at EL 5718.3 ft
Auxiliary Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Uncontrolled Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Outlet Works Capacity at Elevation 2,310 cfs at 5718.3 ft
Diversion Capacity at Elevation
Drainage Area1055 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
OrganizationCentral Utah Water Conservancy District
Address355 West University Parkway
CityOrem, UT 84058-7303
Phone (Office)801 226-7100

Last updated: Aug 04, 2009