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Rifle Gap Reservoir is located in Garfield County, Colorado and was created in 1967 as a water storage project for the Colorado River Basin. The reservoir is fed by the Rifle River and East Fork Parachute Creek, providing water for irrigation and domestic use. It has a storage capacity of 14,657 acre-feet and a surface area of 350 acres. The reservoir is surrounded by Rifle Gap State Park, which offers recreational activities such as fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The area receives an average of 23 inches of snowfall per year, which contributes to the reservoir's water supply. The reservoir is also used for hydroelectric power generation, with a capacity of 10 megawatts. Overall, Rifle Gap Reservoir is an important source of water and recreation for the surrounding communities.

July 13, 2024







Storage 24hr Change -0.83%
Percent of Normal 100%
Minimum 22.22 acre-ft
Maximum 15,458 acre-ft
Average 8,693 acre-ft
Dam_Height 157
Hydraulic_Height 114
Drainage_Area 142
Year_Completed 1966
Nid_Storage 13602
Hazard_Potential High
Structural_Height 157
River_Or_Stream RIFLE CREEK
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Surface_Area 435
Dam_Length 1450
Nid_Height 157

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