Hughes Lake (California)

Hughes Lake, referred to before 1924 as West Elizabeth Lake, is a lake on the San Andreas Fault in the northern Sierra Pelona Mountains, in Los Angeles County, California.[2]

Hughes Lake
LocationSierra Pelona Mountains,
Angeles National Forest,
Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates34.675818°N 118.445638°W / 34.675818; -118.445638
TypeSag pond
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface elevation3,192 ft (973 m)[1]
SettlementsLake Hughes


The lake is one of a series of sag ponds in the foothills of the Sierra Pelona Mountains, including Elizabeth Lake, and Munz Lakes, all created by the active motion of tectonic plates on the San Andreas Fault.[3][4] They are part of the northern upper Santa Clara River watershed. [5]

The lake, at 973 m (3192 ft) in elevation, is within the Angeles National Forest.

The community of Lake Hughes, an unincorporated community, began settlement in the area around 1873.[6]

See also


  1. "Hughes Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  2. Forest Service (May 2004). "Draft Land Management Plan: Part 2-Angeles National Forest Strategy" (.PDF). R5-MB-041. U.S. Department of Agriculture: 47. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. Harold Wellman Fairbanks (1906). "Lower Lake Elizabeth on the Line of the Rift". The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  4. Lin II, Rong-Gong (2017-03-21). "Notorious L.A. earthquake fault more dangerous than experts believed, new research shows". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  5. State Water Resources Control Board, Los Angeles (LARWQCB): Documents for the Santa Clara River Lakes (Elizabeth Lake, Munz Lake, Lake Hughes) Nutrient TMDLhomepage + links.
  6. Reynolds, Jerry (1976–1994). "Chapter 30. The North Forty, History of the Santa Clarita Valley". The Signal. Retrieved 22 March 2009.

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