The Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project, encompassing the Battle Creek Dams, was originally developed to support the power demand of mineral extraction in Shasta County including Iron Mountain Mine near Redding. The drainage was seen as an ideal drainage for hydropower generation due, in part, to its spring-fed water supply. The project included eight low-head dams within anadromous fish reaches, an additional four dams outside of the anadromous habitat, and a complex network of 20 diversion canals and pipelines.


Originally built by Keswick Power Company and now owned by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)


Battle Creek, tributary to the Sacramento River near Red Bluff, CA

Completion Date:

Hydroelectric development began in the early 1900’s. PG&E acquired the facility in 1919 and the fifth and final powerhouse was added in 1980.


12 to 56 ft in height. Water storage capacity totals 3,827 acre feet (range by reservoir 15 to 1,827).


Battle Creek Watershed Conservancy, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, PG&E, California Bay-Delta Authority, California State Water Resources Control Board The Nature Conservancy, California Wildlife Conservation Board, and community members.

Land Acknowledgment

The Battle Creek Dams are located on the ancestral lands of the Yana and Nomlaki peoples.

Voice of Battle Creek Dams

Matt Brown U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Project Leader, Red Bluff Office

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