McKay Creek Dam

Earthfill, concrete reinforced dam built 1923 - '27


Mckay Creek Dam

Photo taken by Richard Doody in 2009



McKay Creek Dam was built between 19231927 by the United States Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Umatilla Basin Project. It furnishes supplementary water to Stanfield and Westland Irrigation Districts. The dam is 158 feet high and has an active capacity of 71,534 acre feet, of which 6,000 acre feet is used for flood control. The spillway section of the McKay Dam was modified 1978 through 1979 to increase the capacity from 10,000 to 27,000 cubic feet per second.


Built 1927 (911)
Built during 1920s (8,290)
Dam (148)
In operation (2,277)
Oregon (2,474)
Umatilla County, Oregon (101)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody