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Canales Dam

Water Dams in Granada

Canales Dam – Reservoir – Güejar Sierra

Canales Dam is located on the Genil riverbed, in the municipality of Güejar Sierra, in the Andalusian province of Granada.

This reservoir belongs to the Confederación Hidrográfica del Guadalquivir, area of Granada and was built between 1975 and 1989.

The Genil River has a lenght of 358 km, is the second river of Andalucia after the Guadalquivir which is affluent, born in the province of Granada (Laguna de la Mosca) with the union of the Rio Real and Guarnon River and flows into the province of Cordoba, in the municipality of Palma, on the left bank in the Guadalquivir. This river also runs through other major towns such as Granada, Loja, Puente Genil and Écija.

In the Genil riverbed are also located large reservoirs like Iznajar (981,12 Hm3) and Cordobilla (34 Hm3).


* Irrigation
* Water supply
* Electricity
* Fishing

Canales Dam and Reservoir Features

The Canales reservoir basin has an area of 176 km2 with an average annual rainfall of 617,5 mm. and an average annual contribution of 71,9 Hm3.

Type of Dam: Loose materials with clay core. Slightly curved floor, a crest lenght of 340 m and a coronation width of 19 m. Fixed spillway lip.

Botton drains type with 2 channels and a drainage capacity of 72 m3/s.

The Canales Reservoir has a n.m.n. of 156 hectares and a capacity of 70,7 Hm3.

Distances from Canales Dam & Reservoir

Güéjar Sierra 3,5 km
Granada 14 km
Quentar 12 km
Dúdar 9,5 km
Pinos Genil 4,5 km
Cenes de la Vega 7,5 km

Canales Dam - Reservoir - Güejar Sierra

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