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Here are the 30 lakes we have listed within USA > West > Colorado - compared by Newest (Youngest) Reservoirs.

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Lake Name Completion year Lake Description
Wolford Mountain Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1996 Wolford Mountain Reservoir Pictures Wolford Mountain Reservoir Message Forums Also known as: Wolford Mountain Lake
As one of Colorado's newest lakes, Wolford Mountain Reservoir is getting a lot of well-deserved attention. The reservoir was created in 1996 when Ritschard Dam was built across Muddy Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River. Wolford Mountain Reservoir was built to store water for later release to the ...
Aurora Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1990 Aurora Reservoir Pictures Aurora Reservoir Message Forums If you're looking for a peaceful, activity-oriented Colorado vacation in the Denver Region, you can't go wrong with Aurora Reservoir. This 820-acre city-owned and operated reservoir used to be considered "The Outback," but a recent building boom has brought several stylish new real estate developments ...
McPhee Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1985 McPhee Reservoir Pictures In 1776 Spanish priests traveling through the Dolores Valley imagined a project that would bring water to the thirsty crops of the Montezuma Valley. By the mid 1800's, tunnels had been cut to carry the water; over 200 years later, the priests' dreams became reality with the creation of the McPhee Reservoir ...
Nottingham Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1980 Nottingham Lake Message Forums Also known as: Benchmark Lake, Benchmark Lake Reservoir
Nottingham Lake sits at the heart of Avon, Colorado. A source of water, recreation and pride, Nottingham Lake is surrounded by the beauty of west central Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Tucked in a valley along the Eagle River, Harry A. Nottingham Park and Nottingham Lake are found a short eight miles west ...
Twin Lakes
(Colorado, USA)
1978 Twin Lakes Pictures Also known as: Twin Lakes Reservoir
In the mid 1800's gold was discovered in Lake County Colorado, and everything changed. Settlers moved west seeking their fortunes and discovered not only gold but also the treasure of Twin Lakes. Made up of two natural glacial lakes, Twin Lakes are tucked at the base of Mt. Elbert in South Central ...
Trinidad Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1977 Trinidad Lake Pictures Also known as: Trinidad Reservoir
Seated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southeastern Colorado, Trinidad Lake is a great place to fish, boat, sail, and enjoy the outdoors. With its rich history, the nearby town of Trinidad rounds out a visit to the lake providing something to interest everyone. An impoundment of the Purgatoire ...
Crystal Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1976 Crystal Reservoir Pictures In 1882 the Curecanti needle became the symbol for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. With its steep cliffs and rock formations, the area around Crystal Reservoir has been inspiring travelers ever since. Created by the Crystal Dam in 1976, Crystal Reservoir is and impoundment of the Gunnison River. ...
Chatfield Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1975 Chatfield Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Chatfield Lake
Standing in fields of prairie clover looking at blue herons on beautiful Chatfield Reservoir, it's hard to imagine that this spot is just outside the Denver Metro Area. With its mix of wilderness and outdoor recreation activities, this vibrant, bustling lake is sure to offer something to please everyone. Located ...
Lake Pueblo
(Colorado, USA)
1975 Lake Pueblo Pictures Lake Pueblo Message Forums Lake Pueblo is located west of Pueblo, Colorado and was formed when the Arkansas River was dammed as a part of the Fryingpan/Arkansas project of the Bureau of Reclamation. Today this great lake provides irrigation, drinking water, and flood control as well as exciting recreation opportunities. Lake ...
Steamboat Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1968 Steamboat Lake Pictures Steamboat Lake Message Forums If fishing one "gold medal" lake is good, then two must be better - and that is just what you will find at Steamboat Lake in northwestern Colorado. This angler's paradise can be found within Steamboat Lake State Park and a mere three miles southeast at Pearl Lake State Park. The more quiet fishing retreat ...
Turquoise Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1968 Turquoise Lake Pictures Turquoise Lake Message Forums Also known as: Turquoise Reservoir
One of Colorado's favorite high-altitude recreational destinations is Turquoise Lake. Located five miles west of vacation playground Leadville, 1,780-acre Turquoise Lake offers plenty of opportunity for avid outdoors fans to enjoy woods, water and wide mountain vistas. As part of the Frying Pan-Arkansas ...
Morrow Point Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1967 Morrow Point Reservoir Pictures Only something truly breathtaking and extraordinary would make it worth carrying a kayak down 232 steps. The steep, rocky cliffs meeting the clear blue water of Morrow Point Reservoir is an experience that exceeds normal expectations, making it well worth the journey. An impoundment of the Gunnison ...
Standley Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1966 Standley Lake Pictures Standley Lake Message Forums A welcoming oasis on Colorado's dry Front Range region, Standley Lake draws residents and visitors alike to its shores. Unsung sentinel to the north Denver suburbs population growth, the Standley Lake Reservoir provides drinking water to over 250,000 people - and so much more. Citizens of Westminster ...
Blue Mesa Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1965 Blue Mesa Reservoir Pictures Blue Mesa Reservoir Message Forums Also known as: Blue Mesa Lake
Beautiful mesas, deep canyons, and steep rocky cliffs surround Blue Mesa Reservoir, the largest lake entirely in Colorado. The clear, blue, mountain water of the fjord-like lake draws anglers, nature lovers, and vacationers from all over. Created in 1965 with the construction of the Blue Mesa Dam, ...
Lake Dillon
(Colorado, USA)
1963 Lake Dillon Pictures Also known as: Dillon Reservoir
Nestled in the middle of some of Summit County's best skiing, Lake Dillon is the perfect year round getaway. With its rich history, fantastic sport fishing, and easy access to world class skiing, the lake or Dillon Reservoir as it's sometimes known, is sure to become a family favorite. The original ...
Navajo Lake
(New Mexico, USA / Colorado, USA)
1963 Navajo Lake Pictures Navajo Lake Message Forums Also known as: Navajo Reservoir
Navajo Lake offers a surprising and welcome expanse of water in northwestern New Mexico. The 15,600-acre reservoir stretches north into southwest Colorado, offering recreational opportunities to a large number of visitors and local residents. Two large state parks grace its banks, one in each state. ...
Pearl Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1963 Pearl Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lester Creek Reservoir
Capturing a scene from America's West, Pearl Lake reflects pine-covered hills, rocky peaks and expansive blue skies typical of northwestern Colorado. The names and places surrounding Pearl Lake speak of Colorado's history - hunting grounds, gold mines and sprawling ranch land. Now a peaceful haven for ...
Carter Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1954 Carter Lake Message Forums Also known as: Carter Lake Reservoir, Carter Reservoir
Carter Lake is a major source of fun for residents and visitors to the Loveland area of Colorado's Front Range. The reservoir is one of two main storage basins for the all-important Big Thompson distribution system providing water to the East Slope. Most visitors think little about that critical feature ...
Willow Creek Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1953 Willow Creek Reservoir Pictures Willow Creek Reservoir Message Forums A vital link in the chain of water projects that irrigate Colorado's Eastern Slope, Willow Creek Reservoir is less-known and less crowded than many nearby larger reservoirs. As a part of the massive Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Willow Creek Reservoir is actually on the Western Slope in the Northwest ...
Horsetooth Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1951 Horsetooth Reservoir Pictures Horsetooth Reservoir Message Forums Also known as: Horsetooth Lake
On the high, arid ridges and plains of Colorado's Front Range, Horsetooth Reservoir delights the visitor and refreshes the senses. Developed as a storage basin for that symbol of ingenious engineering - the Colorado-Big Thompson water reclamation project - Horsetooth Reservoir stores its millions of ...
Cherry Creek Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1950 Cherry Creek Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Cherry Creek Lake
Affectionately called "Denver's Backyard," Cherry Creek Lake and State Park provide recreation opportunities for families from all over. Located in Aurora, Colorado in Arapahoe County, the lake is just ten miles southeast of downtown Denver. With over 800 acres of water surrounded by almost 4,000 ...
Lake Granby
(Colorado, USA)
1949 Lake Granby Pictures Also known as: Granby Lake
Nestled in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains near the headwaters of the Colorado River, Lake Granby is a great place for a mountain getaway. With its fishing, boating, water sports, and spectacular scenery and wildlife, this lake has something for everyone. Created in 1949 with the completion ...
John Martin Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
1948 John Martin Reservoir Pictures Standing among the large boulders on the gravel shore watching bald eagles soar over the water, it's easy to believe that John Martin Reservoir is an oasis in the surrounding high desert prairie. Abundant wildlife, good fishing, and a rich history add to the lure of this relatively remote western treasure. Situated ...
Shadow Mountain Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1946 Shadow Mountain Lake Pictures Shadow Mountain Lake Message Forums Set against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains in Colorado's Front Range region, Shadow Mountain Lake is a picture-postcard Colorado getaway. Bordered by the Rocky Mountain National Park on one side and the Arapaho National Recreation Area on the other and connected to the clear deep water ...
Vallecito Lake
(Colorado, USA)
1941 Vallecito Lake Pictures Vallecito Lake Message Forums Also known as: Vallecito Reservoir
The quest for a reliable source of irrigation water in Colorado's dry Southwest Region brought Vallecito Lake into being. Twenty-two miles north of Durango, Vallecito Reservoir serves the water needs of approximately 55,000 acres of farmers and ranchers while providing recreation to thousands of visitors ...
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