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Jacobs Reservoir




Plate 94X. Jacobs Reservoir 1902-2002 Viewed west-northwest across Jacobs Valley to Jacobs Reservoir on the Aquarius Plateau (a.k.a. Boulder Top). Jacobs Reservoir is at the head of Pine Creek, which flows into the Escalante River just below the town of Escalante. The lake level appears similar in 2002 despite the recent drought. This may be due to the fact that the outlet dam, which now stores additional water, was not constructed until sometime after the original image was taken. A new 4 x 4 road has been added. Aspen has declined, while conifers, primarily spruce, have increased despite selective logging. The area was heavily grazed by sheep in 1902 (see Plate 95x) but this is now a cattle allotment - - cattle use was heavy in 2002. The few shrubs in the foreground are silver sage.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph 34280 taken by A.F. Potter on October 18, 1902; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 3, 2002 - - Photo No. 5002-22. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Aspen, Conifer, Sagebrush


South West: Section 8, Range 3 East, Township 32 South; UTM 447950E, 4210550N; elevation 10,080 ft.

January 2018