The Lake Kaweah Terminus Dam, America's largest spillway fusegates, diverse wildlife, Native American history, and water recreation comprise the Lake Kaweah story located in the southern Sierra Nevada.
Dating back almost a century, Kaweah River Valley residents fought to protect their towns from flooding by damming the Kaweah River. Native American sites are scattered throughout the basin with an excellent example of grinding stones at the Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center. Hale Tharp, the first Caucasian to visit the Giant Forest Sequoia grove, lived along what is now Lake Kaweah.
The Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center has a fine mix of history, local culture, and engineering as well as a store featuring local and native history. From the deck of the Visitor Center, you can enjoy expansive views of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, rolling hills, the dam and spillway.