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Paonia Reservoir is a man-made lake located near the town of Paonia in Colorado. It was created in 1962 by the construction of the Paonia Dam on the Muddy Creek. The reservoir covers an area of 334 acres and has a maximum depth of 120 feet. The primary purpose of the reservoir is to provide water for irrigation to nearby agricultural lands. The water is also used for municipal and industrial purposes. The reservoir is fed by surface flow from Muddy Creek and snowpack from the surrounding mountains. The reservoir is a popular spot for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and camping. The reservoir also serves as a habitat to many species of fish including rainbow trout, brown trout, and kokanee salmon.

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Lake Or Reservoir Water Surface Elevation Above Ngvd 1929, Ft 24hr Change 0%
Percent of Normal 100%
Minimum 6,358.17 ft
Maximum 6,449.34 ft
Average 6,439 ft
Dam_Height 199
Hydraulic_Height 177
Drainage_Area 255
Year_Completed 1961
Nid_Storage 23230
Structural_Height 199
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 357
Hazard_Potential High
Outlet_Gates Slide (sluice gate), Uncontrolled
Dam_Length 770
Nid_Height 199

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