Pardee Dam is a 358-foot-high concrete structure located near Campo Seco at the Calaveras County and Amador County Line. Pardee Dam impounds the Mokelumne River which forms the namesake Pardee Reservoir. Pardee Dam was completed during 1929 and is part of the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Pardee Dam is accessed by the namesake Pardee Dam Road which crosses the structure via the one-lane road seen as the blog cover photo.
Part 2; a drive from Campo Seco to Pardee Dam via Pardee Dam Road
Following a final mining boom during World War II when the Penn Mine reopened in 1943. The Penn Mine would remain sporadically worked until 1959 which led to the final decline of Campo Seco. Despite a trace location population Campo Seco resembles a true ghost town as the ruins of numerous commercial buildings can be seen along Campo Seco Road.
A view from Campo Seco Road facing north on Penn Mine Road.
From the ruins of Campo Seco, the route to Pardee Dam Road is a short distance east via Campo Seco Road. Pardee Dam Road in Calaveras County is co-signed as Sandretto Road.
Pardee Dam Road continues northward and crosses the southern spillway of Pardee Dam as a single lane.
Pardee Dam Road briefly expands to two-lanes before becoming a single lane at Pardee Dam. Traffic over Pardee Dam is managed via traffic-light due to the obstructed sightline distance over the 1,337-foot length of the structure. Midway through Pardee Dam the route of Pardee Dam Road crosses into Amador County.
Pardee Dam Road continues northward and passes by a vista of the Pardee Dam Reservoir. Pardee Dam Reservoir has a 210,000-acre feet capacity. From the Pardee Dam Reservoir much of the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Calaveras and Amador Counties can be observed.
Pardee Dam Road continues north from the vista point and terminates at Stony Creek Road.