Apple Gate

Electra Lake

Publication Date: 
January, 2010
The Tacoma Hydroelectric Project is located about 20 miles north of Durango, Colorado, on a high intermountain plateau west of the Animas River in La Plata and San Juan Counties. Water for Tacoma Power Plant originates from three drainage basins: Cascade Creek, Little Cascade Creek, and Elbert Creek. The main water storage reservoir is Electra Lake. The Electra Lake project was constructed in 1903 and 1906. An 11,400 foot long steel pipeline extends from Electra Lake to the Tacoma powerhouse. Due to excessive seepage and deterioration, the dam and most of its major appurtenances were reconstructed in 1980 and 1981.