Reservoir Levels Weather Hydrology

Paonia Reservoir is located in Delta County, Colorado, and serves as a primary water source for the surrounding agricultural communities. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 14,674 acre-feet and receives water from both surface flow and snowpack. The North Fork of the Gunnison River is the primary surface flow provider, while the Grand Mesa snowpack also contributes to the reservoir's water levels. The reservoir was constructed in 1962 by the Bureau of Reclamation and is operated and maintained by the Paonia Water Conservancy District. The water is primarily used for irrigation on the surrounding farmlands, but it also serves as a popular recreational site for boating, fishing, and camping during the summer months.

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Storage 24hr Change -0.02%
Percent of Normal 99%
Minimum 0.04 acre-ft
Maximum 17,457.31 acre-ft
Average 15,977 acre-ft
Dam_Height 199
Hydraulic_Height 177
Drainage_Area 255
Year_Completed 1961
Nid_Storage 23230
Hazard_Potential High
Structural_Height 199
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 357
Outlet_Gates Slide (sluice gate), Uncontrolled
Dam_Length 770
Nid_Height 199

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