List of largest reservoirs in Colorado

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This is a list of the largest reservoirs in the state of Colorado. All thirty-eight reservoirs that contain greater than 40,000 acre-feet (.0493 km3) are included in the list. Most of the larger reservoirs in the state are owned by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and, to a lesser extent, the Corps of Engineers. Additionally, a number of these reservoirs are owned by private companies for flood control and irrigation purposes. The largest reservoir entirely contained in Colorado is Blue Mesa Reservoir, with a capacity of 829,500 acre-feet (1.2032 km3). The total storage of the reservoirs on this list is 3,763,458 acre-feet (4.642 km3), although not all is allocated for use by Colorado.

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Key
dagger denotes reservoir not entirely in Colorado
double-dagger denotes that reservoir is offstream and fed by canals

List[edit]

Rank Name County(s) Coordinates Volume[n 1] (acre-feet) Volume (km3) Elevation[n 2] Inflow[n 3] Dam(s)[n 4] Image
1 Navajo Reservoir Archuleta, Rio Arribadagger, San Juandagger 36°49′12″N 107°36′12″W / 36.82000°N 107.60333°W / 36.82000; -107.60333[1] 1,708,600[2] 2.1075 6,089 San Juan Navajo Dam Dh110911-192255.jpg
2 Blue Mesa Reservoir Gunnison 38°28′31″N 107°17′16″W / 38.47528°N 107.28778°W / 38.47528; -107.28778[3] 829,500[4] 1.2032 7,519 Gunnison River Blue Mesa Dam Blue Mesa Reservoir.jpg
3 John Martin Reservoir Bent 38°03′59″N 102°57′16″W / 38.06639°N 102.95444°W / 38.06639; -102.95444[5] 603,500[6] 0.7444 3,870 Arkansas River John Martin Dam John Martin Reservoir - March 2014.JPG
4 Lake Granby Grand 40°08′32″N 105°50′54″W / 40.14222°N 105.84833°W / 40.14222; -105.84833[7] 539,758[8] 0.6658 8,280 Colorado River Granby Dam LakeGranby.JPG
5 McPhee Reservoir Montezuma 37°34′26″N 108°33′29″W / 37.57389°N 108.55806°W / 37.57389; -108.55806[9] 381,100[10] 0.4701 6,929 Dolores River McPhee Dam Mcphee Reservoir ahjdf.jpg
6 Pueblo Reservoir Pueblo 38°15′59″N 104°44′17″W / 38.26639°N 104.73806°W / 38.26639; -104.73806[11] 349,940[12] 0.4317 4,899 Arkansas River Pueblo Dam Pueblo Reservoir.jpg
7 Dillon Reservoir Summit 39°37′04″N 106°03′20″W / 39.61778°N 106.05556°W / 39.61778; -106.05556[13] 257,304[14] 0.3174 9,022 Blue River Dillon Dam Dillon Reservoir (4843910255).jpg
8 Bonny Reservoir (Drained, 2011) Yuma 39°37′16″N 102°10′53″W / 39.62111°N 102.18139°W / 39.62111; -102.18139[15] 165,238[16][n 5] 0.2038 3,710 South Fork Republican River Bonny Dam Bonny Reservoir - Spring 2014.JPG
9 Horsetooth Reservoir Larimer 40°31′45″N 105°08′51″W / 40.52917°N 105.14750°W / 40.52917; -105.14750[18] 156,735[19] 0.1933 5,430 Colorado River via Colorado-Big Thompson Projectdouble-dagger Dixon Canyon, Spring Canyon, Soldier Canyon, Horsetooth[20] HorsetoothReservoir.jpg
10 Green Mountain Reservoir Summit 39°52′44″N 106°18′20″W / 39.87889°N 106.30556°W / 39.87889; -106.30556[21] 153,639[22] 0.1895 7,950 Blue River Green Mountain Dam Green Mountain Reservoir.JPG
11 Twin Lakes Reservoir Lake 39°04′51″N 106°19′15″W / 39.08083°N 106.32083°W / 39.08083; -106.32083[23] 141,000[24] 0.1739 9,200 Lake Creek Twin Lakes Dam Twin Lakes, Colorado.jpg
12 Sanchez Reservoir Costilla 37°06′32″N 105°24′50″W / 37.10889°N 105.41389°W / 37.10889; -105.41389[25] 137,850[26] 0.1271 8,261 Ventero Creek Sanchez Dam Sanchez Reservoir.JPG
13 Turquoise Lake Lake 39°15′39″N 106°21′59″W / 39.26083°N 106.36639°W / 39.26083; -106.36639[27] 129,398[28] 0.1956 9,869 Boustead Tunneldouble-dagger [29] Sugar Loaf Dam Mt. Elbert.jpg
14 Vallecito Reservoir La Plata 37°22′59″N 107°33′47″W / 37.38306°N 107.56306°W / 37.38306; -107.56306[30] 125,400[10] 0.1547 7,671 Los Pinos River Vallecito Dam Vallecito Res.png
15 Morrow Point Reservoir Gunnison, Montrose 38°26′46″N 107°31′19″W / 38.44611°N 107.52194°W / 38.44611; -107.52194[31] 117,025[32] 0.1443 7,160 Gunnison River Morrow Point Dam HERMIT'S REST OVERLOOK, CURECANTI NATIONAL RECREATION AREA.jpg
16 Carter Lake Reservoir Larimer 40°19′56″N 105°13′07″W / 40.33222°N 105.21861°W / 40.33222; -105.21861[33] 112,230[34] 0.1384 5,759 Colorado River via Colorado-Big Thompson Projectdouble-dagger Carter Lake Dam 3-carter-Lake-Larimer-County.JPG
17 Taylor Park Reservoir Gunnison 38°49′36″N 106°35′38″W / 38.82667°N 106.59389°W / 38.82667; -106.59389[35] 106,210[36] 0.1310 9,337 Taylor River Taylor Park Dam Taylor Park Dam and Reservoir.jpg
18 Ruedi Reservoir Pitkin, Eagle 39°21′53″N 106°48′54″W / 39.36472°N 106.81500°W / 39.36472; -106.81500[37] 102,373[38] 0.1263 7,766 Fryingpan River Ruedi Dam Ruedi Reservoir and Aspen Yacht Club marina.jpg
19 Nee Gronda Reservoir Kiowa 38°18′13″N 102°45′24″W / 38.30361°N 102.75667°W / 38.30361; -102.75667[39] 98,660[40] 0.1217 3,878 Arkansas River via inlet canaldouble-dagger natural depression
20 Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir Park 38°54′50″N 105°29′50″W / 38.91389°N 105.49722°W / 38.91389; -105.49722[41] 97,780[40] 0.1209 8,566 South Platte River Elevenmile Canyon Dam
21 Williams Fork Reservoir Grand 40°01′33″N 106°12′50″W / 40.02583°N 106.21389°W / 40.02583; -106.21389[42] 96,822[43] 0.1194 7,808 Williams Fork Williams Fork Dam Williams Fork Reservoir.JPG
22 Cherry Creek Reservoir Arapahoe 39°38′35″N 104°51′27″W / 39.64306°N 104.85750°W / 39.64306; -104.85750[44] 95,960[40] 0.1184 5,551 Cherry Creek Cherry Creek Dam USACE Cherry Creek dam and reservoir.jpg
23 Nee Noshe Reservoir Kiowa 38°20′26″N 102°41′39″W / 38.34056°N 102.69417°W / 38.34056; -102.69417[45] 94,850[40] 0.1170 3,924 Arkansas River via inlet canaldouble-dagger Nee Noshe Dam
24 Ridgway Reservoir Ouray 38°13′48″N 107°45′13″W / 38.23000°N 107.75361°W / 38.23000; -107.75361[46] 84,230[47] 0.1024 6,699 Uncompahgre River Ridgway Dam RidgwayReservoir.jpg
25 Cheesman Lake Douglas, Jefferson 39°12′31″N 105°16′36″W / 39.20861°N 105.27667°W / 39.20861; -105.27667[48] 79,060[49] 0.0975 6,847 South Platte River Cheesman Dam Cheesman Dam and Lake CO-A-0046.jpg
26 North Sterling Reservoir Logan 40°46′36″N 103°16′50″W / 40.77667°N 103.28056°W / 40.77667; -103.28056[50] 74,590[51] 0.0920 4,071 South Platte River via inlet canaldouble-dagger North Sterling Dam
27 Adobe Creek Reservoir Bent, Kiowa 38°16′20″N 103°14′46″W / 38.27222°N 103.24611°W / 38.27222; -103.24611[52] 70,000[40] 0.0863 4,131 Adobe Creek via inlet canaldouble-dagger
28 Wolford Mountain Reservoir Grand 40°07′45″N 106°24′41″W / 40.12917°N 106.41139°W / 40.12917; -106.41139[53] 65,985[51] 0.0814 7,405 Muddy Creek (Colorado) Wolford Mountain Dam
29 Riverside Reservoir Weld 40°20′15″N 104°15′33″W / 40.33750°N 104.25917°W / 40.33750; -104.25917[54] 65,008[55] 0.0802 4,511 South Platte River via inlet canal
30 Platoro Reservoir Conejos 37°20′32″N 106°33′23″W / 37.34222°N 106.55639°W / 37.34222; -106.55639[56] 59,570[57] 0.0735 9,977 Conejos River Platoro Dam Platoro Dam and Reservoir.jpg
31 Spinney Mountain Reservoir Park 38°58′33″N 105°37′55″W / 38.97583°N 105.63194°W / 38.97583; -105.63194[58] 53,873[51] 0.0665 8,691 South Platte River
32 Rio Grande Reservoir Hinsdale 37°43′10″N 107°16′50″W / 37.71944°N 107.28056°W / 37.71944; -107.28056 51,110[40] 0.0630 9,400 Rio Grande Rio Grande Dam
33 Boyd Lake Larimer 40°25′39″N 105°01′55″W / 40.42750°N 105.03194°W / 40.42750; -105.03194[59] 49,048[55] 0.0605 4,961 Big Thompson River via inlet canal Boyd Lake Dam Boyd Lake Frozen in January 2013.JPG
34 Two Buttes Reservoir Baca, Prowers 37°38′07″N 102°33′03″W / 37.63528°N 102.55083°W / 37.63528; -102.55083[60] 48,720[40] 0.0601 4,232 Two Buttes Creek Two Buttes Dam
35 Santa Maria Reservoir Mineral 37°48′06″N 107°05′35″W / 37.80167°N 107.09306°W / 37.80167; -107.09306[61] 43,500[62] 0.0537 9,488 North Clear Creek via inlet canal none
36 Homestake Reservoir Pitkin County, Colorado, Eagle 39°21′43″N 106°27′59″W / 39.36194°N 106.46639°W / 39.36194; -106.46639[63] 42,822[64] 0.0528 10,266 Homestake Creek Homestake Project Dam
37 Gross Reservoir Boulder 39°57′00″N 105°21′38″W / 39.95000°N 105.36056°W / 39.95000; -105.36056[65] 41,920[55] 0.0517 7,290 South Boulder Creek Gross Dam Gross Reservoir.JPG
38 Lemon Reservoir La Plata 37°23′43″N 107°39′43″W / 37.39528°N 107.66194°W / 37.39528; -107.66194[66] 39,792[67] 0.0491 8,130 Florida River Lemon Dam Lemon dam.jpg

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ When available, volume given is the maximum flood pool, not the operational or live storage capacity.
  2. ^ Elevations listed are in feet, and indicated the elevation of reservoir at full pool.
  3. ^ Where multiple sources fill a reservoir, the largest inflow will be listed. If a reservoir is off-river, source river will be listed.
  4. ^ In the case of reservoirs with multiple dams (such as Horsetooth Reservoir), all will be listed if resources allow.
  5. ^ Because of the 1942 Republican River Compact,[17] Kansas was able to force Colorado and Nebraska to make up for water that had been previously owed. As a result, the reservoir is now dry, and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navajo Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-11-13. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  2. ^ "Navajo Dam". United States Bureau of Reclamation. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  3. ^ "Blue Mesa Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  4. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation. "Water Operations: Blue Mesa Reservoir". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  5. ^ "John Martin Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  6. ^ United States Geological Survey - Water Resources of Colorado (2004-04-28). "Arkansas River Basin". Retrieved 2015-01-05.
  7. ^ "Lake Granby". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  8. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation (2012-10-04). "Lake Granby Allocations" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  9. ^ "McPhee Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1990-02-01. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  10. ^ a b United States Bureau of Reclamation (2014-12-30). "San Juan River Basin". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  11. ^ "Pueblo Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1992-11-01. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  12. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation (2009-04-17). "Pueblo Reservoir Allocations" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  13. ^ "Dillon Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  14. ^ Denver Water (2014). "Dillon Reservoir". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  15. ^ "Bonny Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  16. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation (2012-02-01). "Bonny Reservoir Allocations" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  17. ^ Matt Flener (2012-03-02). "Bonny Lake drained, thousands of fish die". Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  18. ^ "13". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
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  20. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation (2013-03-29). "Dixon Canyon Dam". Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  21. ^ "Green Mountain Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1990-04-01. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
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  23. ^ "Twin Lakes Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
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  25. ^ "Sanchez Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  26. ^ United States Geological Survey (1991). "National Water-Quality Assessment Program -- The Rio Grande Valley" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-01-02.
  27. ^ "Turquoise Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
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  29. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation (2013-04-04). "Fryingpan-Arkansas Project". Archived from the original on 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  30. ^ "Vallecito Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  31. ^ "Morrow Point Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
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  33. ^ "Carter Lake Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
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  35. ^ "Taylor Park Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
  36. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation (2014-12-31). "Gunnison River Basin". Retrieved 2015-01-02.
  37. ^ "Ruedi Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
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  42. ^ "Williams Fork Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
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  44. ^ "Cherry Creek Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  45. ^ "Nee Noshe Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1994-09-01. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  46. ^ "Ridgway Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1989-12-01. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  47. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation (1999). "Dallas Creek Project" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-01-02.
  48. ^ "Cheesman Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
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  50. ^ "North Sterling Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
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  53. ^ "Wolford Mountain Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 2010-09-14.
  54. ^ "Riverside Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
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  58. ^ "Spinney Mountain Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1992-07-01.
  59. ^ "Boyd Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  60. ^ "Two Buttes Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  61. ^ "Santa Maria Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
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  63. ^ "Homestake Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  64. ^ Colorado Water Science Center (2014-07-23). "Water Resources of the Upper Arkansas River Basin". Retrieved 2015-01-02.
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  66. ^ "Lemon Reservoir". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1978-10-13.
  67. ^ United States Bureau of Reclamation (2015-01-01). "San Juan River Basin". Retrieved 2015-01-02.