The diversion dam can be see on the left.
|Location||Yavapai County, Arizona|
|Primary inflows||Granite Creek|
|Primary outflows||Granite Creek|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||70 acres (28 ha)|
|Average depth||50 ft (15 m)|
|Surface elevation||5,100 ft (1,600 m)|
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