Lake Palmdale and the adjoining Little Rock Reservoir were produced by the Little Rock Dam and are an artificial lake that finished in 1924. It receives water from the California State Water Project, fed by the California Aqueduct, as its source. Located in the city of Palmdale on the city’s southern edge, in the little Anaverde Valley between the San Andreas Fault and the base of Mount Tenhi, it is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Lake Palmdale, also known as Harold Reservoir or Alpine Reservoir (after the settlement of Alpine/Harold) and Yuna Lake, was built in 1924 to aid local agriculture in the Antelope Valley by providing a stable and consistent water source for the farmers. It is the largest reservoir in the state of California. Agriculture was the most important economic driver around Palmdale during the project’s completion. It was necessary to have this water source because of the rain shadow desert impact that the San Gabriel Mountains had on the Antelope Valley, located in the Mojave Desert. In addition, the Antelope Valley was experiencing a water shortage. Currently, Lake Palmdale serves as the principal water source for the Palmdale Water District, is the city’s public water utility, and supplies water to more than 200,000 people who live in the surrounding area. It is also employed in the production of energy.
Lake Palmdale is 2,918 feet (859 meters) above sea level and is surrounded by the hills of the San Andreas Fault and Mount Tenhi, except a small pond on the lake’s east side known as Una Lake, which is separated from the lake by the Palmdale Dam (dike) and the Sierra Highway. Lake Palmdale is the second-largest lake in California after Lake Tahoe. The lake is 1.05 miles long at its widest point (from northwest to southeast) and 0.50 miles wide at its narrowest point (southwest to northeast). Lake Palmdale is approximately 2.5 miles in circumference and has a surface area of around 260 acres. At the southeast extremity of the island, there is a narrow island of 0.25 miles in length.
There are regular fish stockings in Lake Palmdale, and the lake is equipped with a tiny dock that extends about.25 miles (0.4 km) into the lake, which members of the Palmdale Fin & Feather Club can use to fish from or launch their small boat into the lake. Numerous other small docks run down the southwestern shore of the lake, all of which are available by the Fin & Feather Club. In addition, Palmdale Lake is used for recreational purposes by the Palmdale Yacht Club members. The nearby Littlerock Reservoir is a Los Angeles County-run park that is open to the public and can be used for various activities such as boating, water skiing, fishing, and camping, among other things. Additionally, the California Aqueduct is open to the general public for fishing, so long as they have a valid fishing license issued by the California Department of Fish and Game.
Other Nearby Attractions
Rancho Vista Golf Club is located in the center of the Antelope Valley and offers residents and visitors a great golfing, dining, and entertainment experience. Rancho Vista Golf Club is a member of the California Golf Association. There are 18 holes on this Palmdale golf course created by Ted Robinson that provide a beautiful paradise that seamlessly blends with the surrounding desert scenery. The Clubhouse provides a cozy getaway for a peaceful family supper or for commemorating important milestones… Read More