World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Rogers Dry Lake

Rogers Dry Lake
Rogers (center) and Rosamand (lower left) dry lakebeds in Mojave Desert, California
Location Mojave Desert
Kern County, California
Los Angeles County, California
Lake type Endorheic basin
Basin countries United States
Max. length 19 km (12 mi)
Max. width 11 km (6.8 mi)
Surface area 112 km2 (43 sq mi)
Shore length1 61 km (38 mi)
Surface elevation 694 m (2,277 ft)
Settlements Edwards Air Force Base
References U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rogers Dry Lake
Rogers Dry Lake
Edwards Air Force Base
Location Mojave Desert
Kern County, California
Built 1933[1]
Governing body United States Air Force
NRHP Reference # 85002816[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP 03 October 1985
Designated NHL 03 October 1985[3]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Rogers Dry Lake is an endorheic desert salt pan in the Mojave Desert of Kern County, California. The lake derives its name from the Anglicization from the Spanish name, Rodriguez Dry Lake.[4] It is the central part of Edwards Air Force Base as its hard surface provides a natural extension to the paved runways. It was formerly known as Muroc Dry Lake.


  • Geology 1
  • Edwards Air Force Base 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


During the extremely brief rainy season, it is possible for there to be standing water on the lakebed, which pools at the approximate low-point elevation of 2,300 ft for the region. The lake is adjacent to the smaller Rosamond Lake which through the Holocene, together made up one large water-body.[5]

Edwards Air Force Base

Many of the notable aeronautical achievements at Edwards have taken place at Rogers Lake. It is also famous for the world's largest compass rose painted into the lake. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.[3]

  • 04/22 in addition to its paved component of 15,000 ft (4,600 m) has an extra 9,000 ft (2,700 m) of lakebed runway

There are seven other official runways on the Rogers lakebed:

  • 17/35 is 7.5 mi (12.1 km) (primary runway)
  • 05/23 is 5.2 mi (8.4 km)
  • 06/24 is 1.4 mi (2.3 km)
  • 07/25 is 4.0 mi (6.4 km)
  • 09/27 is 2.0 mi (3.2 km)
  • 30 is 2.0 mi (3.2 km) (runway 30 rolls out onto the compass rose, so its corresponding, unmarked, runway 12 is never used)
  • 15/33 is 6.2 mi (10.0 km)
  • 18/36 is 4.5 mi (7.2 km)

See also


  1. ^ Johnstone, Robert (January 16, 1986). "Muroc (Rogers) Dry Lake" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Inventory Nomination Form.  
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ a b NHL Summary
  4. ^ Public Affairs (25 July 2006). "About Edwards: History: The Dry Lake Beds". Edwards Air Force Base. Archived from the original on 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  5. ^ Reheis, Marith C.; Hershler, Robert; Miller, David M. (2008). Late Cenozoic Drainage History of the Southwestern Great Basin and Lower Colorado River Region: Geologic and Biotic Perspectives. Boulder, Colorado: Geological Society of America. pp. 273–275.  

External links

  • websiteEdwards Air Force Baseofficial
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.