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Oak Creek Reservoir




Plate 88X. Oak Creek Reservoir 1935-2002 Viewed west-northwest from the southside of Oak Creek Reservoir to Boulder Top. Conifers grew-up to block the original photopoint but were recently killed by a prescribe-burn in 1997. The camera station for the retake, however, was moved forward to avoid the dead trees and to provide an unobstructed view. The original was taken shortly after the reservoir was constructed - - note all the standing dead trees and floating timber in the water. Most of that woody debris has since found its way to the bottom or been removed by government officials. Conifers, primarily spruce, have increased while aspen has declined. All aspen stands have been heavily invaded by conifers. The reservoir was at maximum drawdown in 2002 due to the extended drought and downstream water demands.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph 307757 taken by K.D. Swan in August 1935; retake by Charles E. Kay on July 31, 2002 - - Photo No. 4996-18. Original photograph held by U. S. Forest Service Regional Photographic Collection (2310-Dixie-185) housed at Weber State University, Ogden, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Conifer, Riparian, Aspen


South West: Section 28, Range 5 East, Township 31 South; UTM 467400E, 443600N; elevation 10,080 ft.

January 2018