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Shadow Mountain Reservoir is a man-made lake in Grand County, Colorado, created in 1947 by the construction of a dam on the Colorado River. It has a capacity of 33,000 acre-feet and is used for hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, and recreational activities. The reservoir is fed by snowpack in the surrounding mountains and surface flows from the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado-Big Thompson Project and the Windy Gap Project are the primary surface flow and snowpack providers to the reservoir. The water from Shadow Mountain Reservoir is used for irrigation of crops such as hay and potatoes in the surrounding farmland. Recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and camping are popular in the area.

June 22, 2024







Storage 24hr Change 0.96%
Percent of Normal 100%
Minimum 75.859 acre-ft
Maximum 18,074.6 acre-ft
Average 16,905 acre-ft
Nid_Height 63
Hydraulic_Height 37
Drainage_Area 187
Year_Completed 1945
Dam_Height 63
Structural_Height 63
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Foundations Rock, Soil
Surface_Area 1852
Hazard_Potential High
Outlet_Gates Slide (sluice gate) - 1
Nid_Storage 18369
Dam_Length 3077

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Popular Camping Destinations

Camping Area Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Bennett Peak 11 7,137 ft
South Brush Creek 20 8,355 ft
North Fork 60 9,212 ft
Lincoln Park 12 8,102 ft
Sugarloaf 16 10,764 ft
Libby Creek 65 8,626 ft
Tie City 15 8,528 ft
Deep Creek 12 10,069 ft
Nash Fork 27 10,164 ft
Brooklyn Lake 19 10,577 ft

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