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Vallecito Reservoir, located near Bayfield, Colorado, was created in 1941 as part of a project to provide irrigation water to the surrounding agricultural lands. The reservoir has a capacity of over 125,000 acre-feet and is fed by several small streams as well as snowmelt from the nearby mountains. The water from the reservoir is used for irrigation, municipal water supply, and recreation. The area around Vallecito Reservoir is popular for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The reservoir is also home to several species of fish, including rainbow trout, brown trout, and kokanee salmon. The snowpack providers for Vallecito Reservoir include the nearby San Juan mountains, which receive an average of 300 inches of snowfall each year. Overall, Vallecito Reservoir is an important source of water and recreation for the surrounding communities.

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Lake Or Reservoir Water Surface Elevation Above Ngvd 1929, Ft 24hr Change 0%
Percent of Normal 100%
Minimum 7,624.29 ft
Maximum 7,664.96 ft
Average 7,664 ft
Dam_Height 162
Hydraulic_Height 118
Drainage_Area 255
Year_Completed 1940
Nid_Storage 136200
Structural_Height 162
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 2803
Hazard_Potential High
Dam_Length 4010
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Nid_Height 162

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