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Field Activity Details for field activity 2020-627-FA

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AKA: Whiskeytown reservoir

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments (ZP00FDB)

Principal Investigator(s): Amy East

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Peter Dartnell

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Interferometric

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map bathymetry and sediment thickness of Whiskeytown reservoir to assess post-fire runoff after Carr Fire, major disaster of summer 2018

Vehicle(s): F350 G43-2783H

Start Port/Location: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

End Port/Location: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Start Date: 2020-09-13

End Date: 2020-09-19

Equipment Used: POS MV, Van Veen, SWATH plus-M

Information to be Derived: Bathymetric surface map of reservoir; sediment samples to characterize surface material (0-10 cm deep)

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Bathymetry data successfully collected, sediment samples processed by PCMSC sediment lab.

Staff: Peter Dal Ferro, Peter Dartnell, Rachel Marcuson

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2018-686-FA


Whiskeytown reservoir, northern California

North: 40.65396202 South: 40.59500793 West: -122.60499716 East: -122.51648694


15-ft Whaler


Logan, J.B., Dartnell, P., East, A.E., and Ritchie, A.C., 2020, Bathymetry, topography and orthomosaic imagery for Whiskeytown Lake, northern California (ver. 2.0, July 2021): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
POS MV --- Navigation
Van Veen --- Biology
SWATH plus-M --- Interferometric
Bathymetric data for Whiskeytown Lake, September 2020 (These metadata describe bathymetric data collected during a September 2021 SWATHPlus survey of Whiskeytown Lake, California. Data were collected and processed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) during fieldwork activity number 2018-686-FA. The bathymetric data are provided as a GeoTIFF image.)

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