Located 16 miles northeast of Paonia, the reservoir lies along Muddy Creek, upstream from the confluence with Anthracite Creek. Those two creeks form the North Fork of the Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River. The project was built to provide irrigation water, flood control, and recreation benefits.
When Paonia Dam was completed in 1962, the reservoir had a capacity of 18,150 acre-feet, but sedimentation has reduced its storage to 15,600 acre-feet, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. See this High Country News story for more on the sedimentation issue at Paonia and other reservoirs.
|Date||December 25, 2020|
|Location||Paonia 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|