CARTER LAKE

Reservoir Levels Weather Hydrology


Carter Lake is a reservoir located in Larimer County, Colorado, created by the construction of the Carter Lake Dam in 1950. The lake is used for drinking water, irrigation, and recreation, including fishing, boating, and camping. Water for Carter Lake is provided by both surface flow and snowpack, with runoff from the surrounding mountains filling the reservoir. The lake also receives water from the Big Thompson River. Agriculture in the surrounding area uses water from the lake for irrigation, and the reservoir is a popular destination for recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and camping. The lake is named after Benjamin Harrison Carter, a settler who established a farm in the area in the late 1800s.

July 18, 2024

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Windspeed

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Humidity

Storage 24hr Change -0.15%
Percent of Normal 115%
Minimum 3,446 acre-ft
1954-03-05
Maximum 113,248.5 acre-ft
2011-06-10
Average 89,604 acre-ft
Nid_Height 214
Hydraulic_Height 190
Drainage_Area 4
Year_Completed 1951
Dam_Height 214
Structural_Height 214
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 3551
Hazard_Potential High
Nid_Storage 116837
River_Or_Stream BIG THOMPSON RIVER OS
Dam_Length 1235

Regional Streamflow

288

Cubic Feet Per Second

1950

Cubic Feet Per Second

3

Cubic Feet Per Second

43

Cubic Feet Per Second

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