Old Well Tank

The little concrete structure on the hill is a 2,000 gallon well water tank, built in 1981 after the Poppy Reserve first opened. It was drilled to a depth of 545 feet and pumped groundwater from a basin, which is also the water source for the natural spring on the north slope of the hill.


A pump rate of 10 gallons per minute was enough to support the park's attendance at the time.


The Reserve is now hooked into the public water system supplied by the California Aqueduct, and the abandoned well has been retaken by nature: bees have moved in, which is another reason to stay on the official trails!