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Jacobs Reservoir




Plate 95X. Jacobs Reservoir 1915-2002 Viewed north-northeast across Jacobs Reservoir on the Aquarius Plateau (a.k.a. Boulder Top). Despite the recent drought, the lake level was higher in 2002 than in the original. An outlet dam now stores additional water and that dam was not constructed until sometime after the first image was made. The area was heavily grazed by sheep in 1902 and heavily grazed by cattle in 2002. Aspen has declined, while conifers, primarily spruce, have increased despite selective logging. The photopoint is on the west end of the outlet dam, the construction of which, moved some of the original foreground boulders. Jacobs Reservoir is at the head of Pine Creek, which flows into the Escalante River just below the town of Escalante.

Photo Information:

U.S. Forest Service photograph (unnumbered) taken in 1915; retake by Charles E. Kay on August 3, 2002 - - Photo No. 5002-34. Original photograph held by Southern Utah University Archives and Special Collections, Cedar City, UT.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Aspen, Conifer


South West: Section 8, Range 3 East, Township 32 South; UTM 446900E, 4210350N; elevation 10,080 ft.

January 2018