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Crystal Reservoir is a man-made lake located in Pitkin County, Colorado. The reservoir was constructed in 1961 on the Crystal River for the purpose of providing water storage for municipal, industrial, and agricultural uses. The reservoir has a capacity of 22,000 acre-feet and is fed by snowpack and surface flows from the surrounding mountains. The water is primarily used for irrigation of farmlands in the Crystal Valley and for the city of Aspen's municipal water supply. Recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and camping are also popular at the reservoir. The Crystal River is a vital source of water for the surrounding communities and is closely monitored to ensure sustainable use.

July 20, 2024







Storage 24hr Change 2.6%
Percent of Normal 105%
Minimum 38 acre-ft
Maximum 20,097 acre-ft
Average 15,967 acre-ft
Nid_Height 323
Hydraulic_Height 225
Primary_Dam_Type Concrete
Drainage_Area 323
Year_Completed 1977
Dam_Height 227
Structural_Height 323
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 301
Hazard_Potential High
Outlet_Gates Uncontrolled, Valve, Vertical Lift
Nid_Storage 30726
Dam_Length 635

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