THE DAM

The 100-foot-tall Rindge Dam in Malibu Creek is located in the Santa Monica Mountains, about three miles upstream from Southern California’s Malibu coastline.   Construction of the concrete dam and spillway structure was completed in 1926 on the Rindge family property and provided water for irrigation and household use in Malibu. The reservoir filled entirely with sediment by the 1940s, and the dam was decommissioned in 1967. It was purchased shortly thereafter by California State Parks and is now part of Malibu Creek State Park.

Owner:

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Location:

Malibu Creek

Completion Date:

Construction completed in 1926; Decommissioned in 1967

Size:

Height: 100 ft, Total capacity: 600-acre ft completely filled with sediment 

Stakeholders:

California Dept of Parks and Rec, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Santa Monica Mountains Resource Conservation District, City of Malibu, Mountains Restoration Trust, Surfrider, Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.

Land Acknowledgment

Malibu Creek and Rindge Dam are located on the ancestral lands of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Gabrielino-Tongva Indian Tribe.

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Help Endangered Southern California Steelhead: Support the Southern Steelhead petition for endangered status listing. Attend public meetings about the project. Contact federal and state legislators with support for Rindge Dam removal. Follow media releases at caltrout.org.

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