VALLECITO RESERVOIR

Reservoir Levels Weather Hydrology


RESERVOIR COLORADO

Vallecito Reservoir


April 20, 2024

77,215 acre-ft

+1.32% today
125% of Normal High

Water storage levels at Vallecito Reservoir are currently 77,215 acre-ft, about 125% of normal. The average for this time of year is approximately 61,389.41acre-ft. Maximum recorded Storage since record keeping began in 1941 was 1957-07-27 when levels reached 126,791.76 acre-ft. Lowest recorded Storage was 1944-10-24 when levels receded to 608.06 acre-ft. View historical levels.

Vallecito Reservoir is a popular recreational destination located in southwestern Colorado. The reservoir was formed in 1941 after the construction of the Vallecito Dam on the Pine River. The reservoir has a capacity of 125,000 acre-feet and is used for irrigation, municipal water supply, and recreation. Surface flow from the Pine River and nearby creeks provide water to the reservoir, while snowpack from the surrounding San Juan Mountains also contributes to the water supply. The reservoir is a popular destination for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking, and is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest. The reservoir also supports local agriculture, primarily in the form of hay farming. Despite being impacted by drought in recent years, Vallecito Reservoir remains an important source of water and recreation for the surrounding community.



Geolocation -107.575, 37.378
Elevation 7,613 ft
Storage 24hr Change 1.32%
Percent of Normal 125%
Minimum 608.06 acre-ft
1944-10-24
Maximum 126,791.76 acre-ft
1957-07-27
Average 61,389 acre-ft
Dam_Height 162
Hydraulic_Height 118
Drainage_Area 255
Year_Completed 1940
Nid_Storage 136200
Structural_Height 162
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 2803
River_Or_Stream LOS PINOS RIVER
Dam_Length 4010
Hazard_Potential High
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Nid_Height 162

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Area Boat Ramps

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CUTTER LAKE ACCESS ROAD SAN JUAN COUNTY
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CADDIS FLATS
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Rafting & Kayaking

NORTH FORK--HEADWATERS TO MAROON BELLS/SNOWMASS WILDERNESS BOUNDARY
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HEADWATERS AT DEEP LAKE OUTLET TO 1/4 MILE DOWNSTREAM
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DEEP CREEK SEGMENT 3
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SHOSHONE POWER PLANT TO NF BOUNDARY
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NF BOUNDARY TO EAST END OF GLENWOOD CANYON
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1/4 MILE BELOW HEADWATERS TO DEEP CREEK DIVERSION DITCH
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DEEP CREEK SEGMENT 2B
Colorado headwaters Watershed, Colorado
DEEP CREEK DIVERSION DITCH TO BLM/PRIVATE LAND BOUNDARY
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BEAVER LAKE TO SWEET JESSUP HEADGATE
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Parks & Recreation

                                                       

Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area

Sweitzer Lake State Park

Rainbow Meadows

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Wilderness West Elk

Confluence Park

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

Centennial Plaza

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Olathe Community Park

                                                                                                                       
                                               
CAPITOL CITY CEMETARY
The Capitol City Cemetery is located in the Upper Gunnison watershed of Colorado and is known for its historical significance and unique layout. Established in the late 1800s, the cemetery ...
UNCOMPAHGRE OVERLOOK
The Uncompahgre Overlook is a beautiful scenic viewpoint located in the Upper Gunnison watershed of Colorado. The overlook is situated at an elevation of 11,312 feet, providing visitors with a ...
CAPITOL CITY TOWNSITE
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BURROWS PARK INTERPRETIVE SITE
Burrows Park Interpretive Site is a popular tourist destination located in the Upper Gunnison watershed of Colorado. The site is known for its beautiful scenery, wildlife, and educational opportunities. The ...
ENGINEER PASS
The Engineer Pass is a 12,800 ft mountain pass in the Upper Gunnison watershed of Colorado, connecting the towns of Silverton and Lake City. It is a popular destination for ...
WHITMORE FALLS OVERLOOK
Whitmore Falls Overlook is a popular tourist destination located in the Upper Gunnison watershed of Colorado. The overlook is situated along the Kebler Pass Road which offers a scenic drive ...
ROSE LIME KILN
The Rose Lime Kiln is a historic site located in the Upper Gunnison watershed of Colorado. This site was once used to produce lime during the late 1800s and early ...
TRAM SITE
The Tram Site, located in the San Miguel watershed of Colorado, is a historic mining site that offers visitors a unique glimpse into the area's mining history. The site consists ...
ROSES CABIN
Located in the Upper Gunnison watershed of Colorado, the Roses Cabin is a historic cabin that offers a unique and remote wilderness experience for visitors. The cabin is situated in ...
LAKE SAN CRISTOBAL OVERLOOK
The Lake San Cristobal Overlook is located in the Upper Gunnison watershed of Colorado, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the picturesque Lake San Cristobal. Visitors can access ...

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