Posted by: Jan | August 28, 2017

The Tulare Lake

Here’s a good article about what happened to the Tulare Lake, which once was the largest lake (in area) west of the Mississippi, larger than the Great Salt Lake. It is why there is now groundwater in the Central Valley. Drying up of the lake is why the groundwater in the Central Valley doesn’t recharge.

Some argue that restoring even a portion of the Tulare Lake would solve the Central Valley’s water issue and greatly improve the goal of “regional self-sufficiency.”

California’s Tulare Lake Basin destroyed by dams (March 2017).

Tule Lake area1922.jpg

Tulare Lake Article (from 2009).

Tulare Lake Restoration Project Proposal – San Joaquin Valley Leadership Foundation (2010).



  1. […] an enormous lake (about 760 square miles) that I never knew even existed! Although apparently destroyed by damming of three rivers, the lake still returns in wetter years, filled by […]

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