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Fresno, Madera county supervisors discuss growth plans along San Joaquin River

Fresno Bee

Date: 1/27/2015 6:57:00 PM

The foothills at Friant and Millerton Lake have also been primed for development. Between the two areas, at least 10 residential and commercial developments are planned with more than 25,000 housing units expected in the years to come. Fresno County is

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Earth Log: Farm water agency reacts to drought with changes at top

Fresno Bee

Date: 1/26/2015 10:02:00 PM

The river water at Millerton Lake was instead sent to west Valley growers with San Joaquin water rights dating back to the 1800s. Friant did not dispute the west-side growers’ right to the river water, but east-side officials felt the State Water

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Editorial: Prepare for reality check on state water bond

Chico Enterprise-Record

Date: 1/23/2015 6:58:00 AM

We were skeptical. There was no specific language in the bond that the money would go to Sites Reservoir west of Maxwell or Temperance Flat, on the San Joaquin River upstream from Millerton Lake northeast of Fresno. We recommended a no vote on Proposition

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Take A Hike: Tips and tricks for the beginner hiker to the expert trailblazer

The Collegian

Date: 1/22/2015 10:51:00 PM

To kick things off right this semester, I am recommending the South Shore Trail at Millerton Lake. This easygoing trail is popular among mountain bikers and trail runners but it is great for a day hike. The trail is roughly four miles round trip and runs

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Trail Mix 01/15: Rail competitions set at China Peak

Fresno Bee

Date: 1/16/2015 5:13:00 PM

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will lead a moderate hike along Fine Gold Creek just above Millerton Lake. The hike follows a newly cut trail that runs streamside and onto gradual slopes, steeper inclines and rocky areas. The hike takes about four hours

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• Surface Area: 5,000 Acres
• Volume: 520,528 Acre Feet
Millerton Lake is a lake near the town of Friant in Fresno County and Madera County, California, about 15 miles north of downtown Fresno, United States. It is formed by Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River. Part of the Central Valley Project, the dam was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and was completed in 1942. The lake stores water for irrigation, which is distributed by the Madera and Friant-Kern Canals to the San Joaquin Valley. It has a capacity of 520,528 acre feet (642,000,000 m³). Secondary uses include flood control and recreation, including swimming, fishing, water skiing and camping. A 25 MW hydroelectric plant operated by the Friant Power Authority produces electricity from large releases and two smaller plants use water released for a fish hatchery and to maintain minimum-flow in the river.

Prior to the construction of Friant Dam, the current lakebed was the site of the town of Millerton, the first county seat of Fresno County.
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