At the request of the United States Forest Service, the Ground Water Branch of the United Stated Geological Survey made a reconnaissance of the geologic features and water resources of the Dora Belle Campground in Sierra National Forest on the shore of Shaver Lake, Fresno County, California.
Basically, the water-supply problem at Dora Belle Campground is that the present supply obtained from a spring is not adequate to meet the present summer demand, and is of poor quality. Plans call for a considerable increase in camping facilities.. This, it is imperative that the present supply be augmented or, preferably, be replaced entirely. the Forest Service estimated the future peak demand to be about 25,00 gallons per day.
On October 28, 1957, the writer examined the are in the company of C. H. Fankboner, Assistant Forest Engineer, Sierra National Forest, and Ben Dix, Construction and Maintenance Foreman, Pine Ridge District. Field work, done on October 28th and 29th, consisted of a brief geologic reconnaissance to determine the rock types and geologic structure, and a hydrologic reconnaissance consisting of a partial inventory of water walls and springs in the vicinity of the campground. A spring box near the western edge of Bell Diamond Meadow was pumped out with a Forest Service pump truck to determine its rate of recovery and potential production.