Cave Buttes Dam is a zoned earth-fill dam that impounds runoff from Cave Creek Wash and the Old Cave Creek Dam. The dam has a storage capacity of 46,600 acre-feet with a maximum height of 190 feet and a length of 2,275 feet. The drainage area is 191 square miles. Three earth-filled dikes (No. 1, 2, and 3) complement the main embankment. Controlled releases drain to the Cave Creek Wash downstream. The dam was constructed under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) sponsorship.
Operation and Maintenance: Flood Control District
Authorization: Flood Control Act of 1965
Federal Sponsor: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers