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Lake Nighthorse is a man-made reservoir located in La Plata County, Colorado. The lake was created in 2009 as a water storage facility to provide year-round water supply to the nearby Durango city. The hydrology of the lake is primarily dependent on snowpack and surface flow from the Animas River, which contributes to about 90% of the water volume. The lake's water is also supplied from the Florida River and other tributaries. The agricultural and recreational uses of Lake Nighthorse are limited, and the lake is primarily used for fishing, boating, and swimming. The lake is stocked with several fish species, including kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, and smallmouth bass. The lake has become a popular destination for locals and visitors, providing an excellent opportunity for outdoor activities in a beautiful setting.

June 22, 2024







Storage 24hr Change 0.03%
Percent of Normal 112%
Minimum 171 acre-ft
Maximum 115,254 acre-ft
Average 102,410 acre-ft

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Curecanti National Recreation Area

Curecanti National Recreation Area is a scenic and recreational haven located in southwestern Colorado. The area is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and numerous recreational opportunities. Visitors to the park can enjoy activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife watching throughout the year. One of the main attractions within the park is the massive Blue Mesa Reservoir, which spans more than 20 miles and offers ample opportunities for water-based recreation. The area is also home to impressive rock formations, deep canyons, and scenic vistas that are perfect for hiking and exploring. Other points of interest ...