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Matilija Dam

Matilija Dam is located on the North Fork of Matilija Creek, a tributary of Ventura River. (Approximately 18 miles inland from the coast) Matilija Dam was built by Ventura County Flood Control District in 1947 to provide additional water supply and flood control. The dam is currently slated to be taken down; due to sediment build-up (6 million cubic yards), Matilija Dam has very little water holding capacity. The structure blocks Steelhead spawning habitat above the dam and inhibits sediment transport, an important mechanism for beach replenishment.