List of The Tallest Dams in The United States - Highest Dams

Highest Dams

Oroville Dam, 1st
Hoover Dam, 2nd
Dworshak Dam, 3rd
Hungry Horse Dam, 10th
Fontana Dam, 20th
Name State(s) Height Type River Coordinates Built
ft m
Oroville Dam CA 770 230 Embankment Feather River 39°32′20″N 121°29′08″W / 39.53889°N 121.48556°W / 39.53889; -121.48556 (Oroville) 1968
Hoover Dam AZ
NV
726 221 Concrete arch Colorado River 36°00′56″N 114°44′16″W / 36.01556°N 114.73778°W / 36.01556; -114.73778 (Hoover) 1936
Dworshak Dam ID 717 219 Concrete gravity N.F. Clearwater River 46°30′54″N 116°17′49″W / 46.51500°N 116.29694°W / 46.51500; -116.29694 (Dworshak) 1973
Glen Canyon Dam AZ 710 220 Concrete arch Colorado River 36°56′15″N 111°29′04″W / 36.93750°N 111.48444°W / 36.93750; -111.48444 (Glen Canyon) 1966
New Bullards Bar Dam CA 645 197 Concrete arch N. Yuba River 39°23′36″N 121°08′35″W / 39.39333°N 121.14306°W / 39.39333; -121.14306 (New Bullards Bar) 1969
New Melones Dam CA 625 191 Embankment Stanislaus River 37°56′50″N 120°31′41″W / 37.94722°N 120.52806°W / 37.94722; -120.52806 (New Melones) 1979
Mossyrock Dam WA 606 185 Concrete arch Cowlitz River 46°32′04″N 122°25′34″W / 46.53444°N 122.42611°W / 46.53444; -122.42611 (Mossyrock) 1968
Shasta Dam CA 602 183 Concrete gravity Sacramento River 40°43′07″N 122°25′08″W / 40.71861°N 122.41889°W / 40.71861; -122.41889 (Shasta) 1945
New Don Pedro Dam CA 585 178 Embankment Tuolumne River 37°41′58″N 120°25′15″W / 37.69944°N 120.42083°W / 37.69944; -120.42083 (New Don Pedro) 1971
Hungry Horse Dam MT 564 172 Concrete arch S.F. Flathead River 48°20′30″N 114°00′51″W / 48.34167°N 114.01417°W / 48.34167; -114.01417 (Hungry Horse) 1953
Grand Coulee Dam WA 550 170 Concrete gravity Columbia River 47°57′21″N 118°58′54″W / 47.95583°N 118.98167°W / 47.95583; -118.98167 (Grand Coulee) 1942
Seven Oaks Dam CA 550 170 Embankment Santa Ana River 34°08′45″N 117°03′45″W / 34.14583°N 117.06250°W / 34.14583; -117.06250 (Seven Oaks) 2000
Ross Dam WA 540 160 Concrete arch Skagit River 48°43′54″N 121°04′02″W / 48.73167°N 121.06722°W / 48.73167; -121.06722 (Ross) 1949
Trinity Dam CA 538 164 Embankment Trinity River 40°48′04″N 122°45′48″W / 40.80111°N 122.76333°W / 40.80111; -122.76333 (Trinity) 1962
Yellowtail Dam MT 525 160 Concrete arch Bighorn River 45°18′24″N 107°57′29″W / 45.30667°N 107.95806°W / 45.30667; -107.95806 1967
Cougar Dam OR 519 158 Embankment S.F. McKenzie River 44°07′44″N 122°14′25″W / 44.12889°N 122.24028°W / 44.12889; -122.24028 1964
Swift Dam WA 512 156 Embankment Lewis River 46°04′47″N 122°11′52″W / 46.07972°N 122.19778°W / 46.07972; -122.19778 1958
Flaming Gorge Dam UT 502 153 Concrete arch Green River 40°54′52″N 109°25′17″W / 40.91444°N 109.42139°W / 40.91444; -109.42139 1964
New Exchequer Dam CA 490 150 Concrete-faced rockfill Merced River 37°35′10″N 120°16′10″W / 37.58611°N 120.26944°W / 37.58611; -120.26944 1967
Fontana Dam NC 480 150 Concrete gravity Little Tennessee River 35°27′08″N 83°48′17″W / 35.45222°N 83.80472°W / 35.45222; -83.80472 1944
Morrow Point Dam CO 468 143 Concrete arch Gunnison River 36°27′07″N 107°32′17″W / 36.45194°N 107.53806°W / 36.45194; -107.53806 1968
Detroit Dam OR 463 141 Concrete gravity North Santiam River 44°43′15″N 122°14′59″W / 44.72083°N 122.24972°W / 44.72083; -122.24972 1953
Anderson Ranch Dam ID 456 139 Embankment S.F. Boise River 43°21′27″N 115°26′55″W / 43.35750°N 115.44861°W / 43.35750; -115.44861 1950
Union Valley Dam CA 453 138 Embankment Silver Creek 38°51′55″N 120°26′30″W / 38.86528°N 120.44167°W / 38.86528; -120.44167 1963
Carters Dam GA 445 136 Embankment Coosawattee River 34°36′55″N 84°40′26″W / 34.61528°N 84.67389°W / 34.61528; -84.67389 1977
New Waddell Dam AZ 440 130 Embankment Agua Fria River 33°50′49″N 112°15′58″W / 33.84694°N 112.26611°W / 33.84694; -112.26611 1994
Pine Flat Dam CA 440 130 Concrete gravity Kings River 36°49′56″N 119°19′34″W / 36.83222°N 119.32611°W / 36.83222; -119.32611 1954
Round Butte Dam OR 440 130 Embankment Deschutes River 44°36′11″N 121°16′40″W / 44.60306°N 121.27778°W / 44.60306; -121.27778 1964
O'Shaughnessy Dam CA 430 130 Concrete arch Tuolumne River 37°56′51″N 119°47′17″W / 37.94750°N 119.78806°W / 37.94750; -119.78806 1923
Libby Dam MT 422 129 Concrete gravity Kootenai River 48°24′42″N 115°18′34″W / 48.41167°N 115.30944°W / 48.41167; -115.30944 1975
Brownlee Dam ID
OR
420 130 Embankment Snake River 44°50′10″N 116°54′00″W / 44.83611°N 116.90000°W / 44.83611; -116.90000 1958
Owyhee Dam OR 417 127 Concrete arch Owyhee River 43°38′31″N 117°14′33″W / 43.64194°N 117.24250°W / 43.64194; -117.24250 1932
Mammoth Pool Dam CA 411 125 Embankment San Joaquin River 37°19′23″N 119°18′58″W / 37.32306°N 119.31611°W / 37.32306; -119.31611 1959
Hell Hole Dam CA 410 120 Embankment Rubicon River 39°03′26″N 120°24′32″W / 39.05722°N 120.40889°W / 39.05722; -120.40889 1966
Navajo Dam NM 402 123 Embankment San Juan River 36°48′01″N 107°36′45″W / 36.80028°N 107.61250°W / 36.80028; -107.61250 1962
Blue Mesa Dam CO 390 120 Embankment Gunnison River 38°27′02″N 107°20′06″W / 38.45056°N 107.33500°W / 38.45056; -107.33500 1966
Diablo Dam WA 389 119 Concrete arch Skagit River 48°42′51″N 121°07′52″W / 48.71417°N 121.13111°W / 48.71417; -121.13111 1930
Pyramid Dam CA 386 118 Embankment Piru Creek 34°38′39″N 118°45′50″W / 34.64417°N 118.76389°W / 34.64417; -118.76389 1970
Jocassee Dam SC 385 117 Embankment Keowee River 34°57′35″N 82°55′02″W / 34.95972°N 82.91722°W / 34.95972; -82.91722 1973
Pacoima Dam CA 365 111 Variable radius arch Pacoima Creek 34°20′05″N 118°23′47″W / 34.33472°N 118.39639°W / 34.33472; -118.39639 (Pacoima) 1929
Theodore Roosevelt Dam AZ 357 109 Concrete arch Salt River 33°40′18″N 111°09′40″W / 33.67167°N 111.16111°W / 33.67167; -111.16111 1911
Arrowrock Dam ID 350 110 Concrete arch Boise River 43°35′44″N 115°55′20″W / 43.59556°N 115.92222°W / 43.59556; -115.92222 1915
Buffalo Bill Dam WY 350 110 Concrete arch Shoshone River 44°30′06″N 109°11′03″W / 44.50167°N 109.18417°W / 44.50167; -109.18417 1910
Jordanelle Dam UT 345 105 Embankment Provo River 40°35′52″N 111°25′26″W / 40.59778°N 111.42389°W / 40.59778; -111.42389 1992
Pardee Dam CA 345 105 Gravity Mokelumne River 38°15′27″N 120°51′01″W / 38.25750°N 120.85028°W / 38.25750; -120.85028 (Pardee) 1929
William L. Jess Dam OR 345 105 Embankment Rogue River 42°40′17″N 122°40′30″W / 42.67139°N 122.67500°W / 42.67139; -122.67500 1976
Abiquiu Dam NM 340 100 Embankment Rio Chama 36°14′17″N 106°25′33″W / 36.23806°N 106.42583°W / 36.23806; -106.42583 1963
Boundary Dam WA 340 100 Concrete arch-gravity Pend Oreille River 48°59′14″N 117°20′51″W / 48.98722°N 117.34750°W / 48.98722; -117.34750 1967
Castaic Dam CA 340 100 Embankment Castaic Creek 34°31′09″N 118°36′25″W / 34.51917°N 118.60694°W / 34.51917; -118.60694 1973
Folsom Dam CA 340 100 Concrete gravity,
embankment
American River 38°42′28″N 121°09′23″W / 38.70778°N 121.15639°W / 38.70778; -121.15639 1956
Lucky Peak Dam ID 340 100 Embankment Boise River 43°31′42″N 116°03′11″W / 43.52833°N 116.05306°W / 43.52833; -116.05306 1955
Ridgway Dam CO 333 101 Embankment Uncompahgre River 38°14′15″N 107°45′33″W / 38.23750°N 107.75917°W / 38.23750; -107.75917 1987
Salt Springs Dam CA 332 101 Rock-fill North Fork Mokelumne River 38°29′54″N 120°12′58″W / 38.49833°N 120.21611°W / 38.49833; -120.21611 (Salt Springs) 1931
Alder Dam WA 330 100 Concrete arch Nisqually River 46°48′05″N 122°18′37″W / 46.80139°N 122.31028°W / 46.80139; -122.31028 1945
Hells Canyon Dam ID
OR
330 100 Concrete gravity Snake River 45°14′41″N 116°41′54″W / 45.24472°N 116.69833°W / 45.24472; -116.69833 1967
Green Peter Dam OR 327 100 Concrete gravity M. Santiam River 44°27′07″N 122°32′49″W / 44.45194°N 122.54694°W / 44.45194; -122.54694 1967
Crystal Dam CO 323 98 Concrete arch Gunnison River 38°30′38″N 107°37′31″W / 38.51056°N 107.62528°W / 38.51056; -107.62528 1976
Yale Dam WA 323 98 Embankment Lewis River 45°57′51″N 122°19′57″W / 45.96417°N 122.33250°W / 45.96417; -122.33250 1953
Parker Dam AZ
CA
320 98 Concrete arch Colorado River 34°17′47″N 114°08′21″W / 34.29639°N 114.13917°W / 34.29639; -114.13917 1938
Warm Springs Dam CA 319 97 Rolled-earth embankment Dry Creek 38°43′06″N 123°00′46″W / 38.71833°N 123.01278°W / 38.71833; -123.01278 (Warm Springs) 1982
Friant Dam CA 319 97 Concrete gravity San Joaquin River 37°00′02″N 119°42′19″W / 37.00056°N 119.70528°W / 37.00056; -119.70528 1942
Olivenhain Dam CA 318 97 Concrete gravity off-stream 33°04′13″N 117°08′17″W / 33.07028°N 117.13806°W / 33.07028; -117.13806 (Olivenhain) 2003
Watauga Dam TN 318 97 Rockfill Watauga River 36°19′25″N 82°07′22″W / 36.32361°N 82.12278°W / 36.32361; -82.12278 1948
Cherry Valley Dam CA 315 96 Earth and rock Cherry Creek 37°58′34″N 119°54′33″W / 37.97611°N 119.90917°W / 37.97611; -119.90917 (Cherry Valley) 1956
Courtright Dam CA 315 96 Rock-fill Helms Creek 37°04′44″N 118°58′12″W / 37.07889°N 118.97000°W / 37.07889; -118.97000 (Courtright) 1958
San Gabriel Dam CA 315 96 Embankment San Gabriel River 34°12′20″N 117°52′33″W / 34.20556°N 117.87583°W / 34.20556; -117.87583 1939
Merwin Dam WA 313 95 Concrete arch Lewis River 45°57′24″N 122°33′18″W / 45.95667°N 122.55500°W / 45.95667; -122.55500 1931
Upper Stillwater Dam UT 310 94 Concrete gravity Rock Creek 40°33′35″N 110°41′59″W / 40.55972°N 110.69972°W / 40.55972; -110.69972 1987
Bartlett Dam AZ 309 94 Multiple arch buttress Verde River 33°49′05″N 111°37′54″W / 33.81806°N 111.63167°W / 33.81806; -111.63167 1939
Green Mountain Dam CO 309 94 Embankment Blue River 39°52′39″N 106°19′49″W / 39.87750°N 106.33028°W / 39.87750; -106.33028 1942
Horse Mesa Dam AZ 305 93 Concrete arch Salt River 33°35′27″N 111°20′38″W / 33.59083°N 111.34389°W / 33.59083; -111.34389 1927
San Luis Dam CA 305 93 Embankment San Luis Creek 37°03′33″N 121°04′29″W / 37.05917°N 121.07472°W / 37.05917; -121.07472 1967
Teton Dam ID 305 93 Embankment Teton River 43°54′35″N 111°32′31″W / 43.90972°N 111.54194°W / 43.90972; -111.54194 1976
Monticello Dam CA 304 93 Concrete arch Putah Creek 38°30′47″N 122°06′15″W / 38.51306°N 122.10417°W / 38.51306; -122.10417 1957
Elephant Butte Dam NM 301 92 Concrete gravity Rio Grande 33°09′14″N 107°11′32″W / 33.15389°N 107.19222°W / 33.15389; -107.19222 1916
Gorge Dam WA 300 91 Concrete gravity Skagit River 48°41′52″N 121°12′30″W / 48.69778°N 121.20833°W / 48.69778; -121.20833 1924
Smith Lake Dam AL 300 91 Embankment Sipsey Fork 33°56′31″N 87°06′21″W / 33.94194°N 87.10583°W / 33.94194; -87.10583 1961

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