Morgan Lake Dam Repair Photos

As a result of the heavy rains during the latter part of May, 2011, the small saddle dam on the west side of Morgan Lake began to seep.  The dam was built in 1903, by the CalPac Company for the purpose of generating electricity.  Parks Director Mark Touhey implemented temporary measures to stabilize the dam.  During the last two weeks of October, 2011, with recommendations from the Oregon State Dam Safety Inspector, the dam was excavated six feet deep, and recompacted.  The lake-side face of the dam was rearmored with rip rap rock, and the roadway across the top of the dam was resurfaced with 3/4 inch crushed rock. 

  • Erosion in roadway across dam
    Erosion in roadway across dam
  • Start of the excavation.JPG
    Start of the excavation.JPG
  • Excavation under way
    Excavation under way
  • Digging in/closer view of dam composition
    Digging in/closer view of dam composition
  • Below the water level
    Below the water level
  • Critter home - one of the breaches
    Critter home - one of the breaches
  • An old roadway covered by the original dam - a possible leak area
    An old roadway covered by the original dam - a possible leak area
  • Compacting the dam
    Compacting the dam