Hume Lake

Hume Lake

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Hume Lake is an artificial lake in the Sequoia National Forest of Fresno County, California, adjacent to the unincorporated community of Hume. It is on Tenmile Creek, which flows into the Kings River. The surface elevation of the lake is . It is accessible from California Route 180, via Forest Service road 30, and is about east of Fresno, not far from the west entrance to Kings Canyon National Park.

The lake lies behind the world's first concrete reinforced multiple arch dam, designed by John S. Eastwood and constructed in 1908 by the Hume-Bennett Lumber Company. During lumber operations, the lake stored logs for an adjacent mill and supplied water for a flume used to transport the cut lumber to Sanger, California.

Since the cessation of logging in 1924, Hume Lake's identity has shifted from being an industrial implement to a recreational resource.


Early logging in the Kings River Watershed

Hume Lake is found in the Kings River Watershed, a region of the Sierra Nevada mountains replete with vast stands of timber. Hume Lake owes its existence to the loggers who sought to exploit the rich timber resources throughout the southern Sierras.

In 1878, Congress passed the Timber and Stone Act to encourage private ownership of timber land and facilitate logging.Lary M. Dilsaver & William C. Tweed, Challenge of the Big Trees. Sequoia Natural History Association, Inc. (1990). At this time in American history, resources such as timber were...
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