Created by 390-foot Blue Mesa Dam, the reservoir has a capacity of 829,500 acre-feet, making it the largest lake located entirely within Colorado.
Construction on Blue Mesa Dam began in 1962 under the Colorado River Storage Project, a massive federal effort to dam and develop the waters of the Upper Colorado River Basin. Blue Mesa Dam, which impounds one of the Colorado’s major tributaries, stores water for downstream use, aids in flood control, and generates hydroelectric power.
Blue Mesa Reservoir is a popular lake for boating, and boasts the largest lake trout and Kokanee salmon fisheries in the state. In addition, the area contains eight developed campgrounds and a plethora of hiking trails.
- Bureau of Reclamation. “Colorado River Storage Project” and “Projects and Facilities: Blue Mesa Dam.”
- National Park Service: Curecanti National Recreation Area.
|Date||December 24-25, 2020|
|Location||Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado (map)|
|Organization||The Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder|
|Rights||Free to reuse under Creative Commons license, with credit to Mitch Tobin, The Water Desk|
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