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Lake McClure is an artificial lake in western Mariposa County, California, about 40 miles (64 km) east of Modesto. It is formed by New Exchequer Dam on the Merced River, a tributary of the San Joaquin River, and its capacity is 1,032,000 acre·ft (1,273,000 dam³). It is a rock-fill dam with a reinforced concrete face and was completed in 1967. It is owned by the Merced Irrigation District, which supplies northern Merced County farms with water for irrigation through its 750 mile (1200 km) network of canals. At the base of the dam is a hydroelectric plant with a capacity of 94.5 MW.
Besides storing water for irrigation, the lake also provides opportunities for recreation. Only a small amount of water from the lake is used for drinking water and human contact is allowed. Activities available include boating, water skiing, fishing and camping. There is a full service marina at the lake as well.
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