Tulare Lake Canal

Kings County, California.

Tulare Lake Canal ends in Stratford, California.

194 feet (59 meters)

15.29 miles long (24.60 kilometers)

1290.12 miles (2076.25 sq kilometers)

About The Tulare Lake Canal

Tulare Lake Canal is a Canal located in Kings County, CA. Starting in the Tulare Lake Canal flows 15.3 miles. The Tulare Lake Canal has an elevation of 194 feet. Find maps, fishing guides and recreation info at Guidesly.


All About Tulare Lake Canal, CA

The Tulare Lake Canal is what remains of the now dry Tulare lake. Located in San Joaquin Valley, the Tulare Lake was once the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River and was the 2nd largest lake in the United States.  The lake was named after the tule rush, a plant species that lined up the marshes along its shores.

Until the early 1900s, the lake would fill up from melted ice flowing from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Come spring the lake could measure up larger than even Lake Tahoe. Now the lake is completely dry, save for when it floods in the area or in bouts of unusually large rain and snowfall.

The lake was primarily used by the Tachi tribe of the Yokuts, who built reed boats in order to fish. American settlers moving west gradually changed the ecosystem when they realized the effectiveness of the Tulare lake for use in irrigation. Over time the settlers built multiple dams and diverted rivers into canals. During a three-month period in the late 19th century, the Tulare fishing industry shipped over 70, 000 lbs of fish, making the water body an important part of the local economy

Today the lake is now composed of a series of canals used to help irrigate the farms in the region. However, despite the downsizing of the once great lake, a variety of fish still remain flowing down from the neighboring connected