It’s the end of August, and I spent 3 days camping at Jackson Meadows, again. This time I had the entire camp loop to myself. Just me and Ben this time since Biggs had stitches that did not need to get in the dirt. I caught 6 trout, kept the big one, a heavy 16 incher. Beautiful weather, Ben and I swam together and he also swam along next to me while I kayaked.
We hiked up the south end of the lake, which is a big meadow, now dry, exposing foundations of old buildings that had been covered up when the reservoir was created. Apparently the reservoir has gone thru many changes over the years. It started as a Log Crib Dam in the 1850s to deliver water to the hydraulic gold mines via 80 miles of flumes and ditches. About 1875 the dam was raised to form a reservoir 2.5 miles by .5 mile wide. Then in 1883 the dam was again being strengthened and raised when it either collapsed or was dynamited with the resulting flood took six lives and caused tremendous damage along the Yuba River Canyon and Sacramento Valley. Then in 1965 the dam was reconstructed to the state its in now.