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Ruedi Resevoir, Basalt

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Ruedi Reservoir is a reservoir on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide on the Fryingpan River. It sits about 15 miles (24 km) upstream of the town of Basalt, Colorado, near Aspen. The reservoir is located within the White River National Forest, and straddles the county line between Pitkin County and Eagle County.

The reservoir and the Ruedi Dam were built from 1964 through 1968. They're both owned and operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. One purpose of the reservoir is to help compensate for diversions to Colorado's East Slope, taken further up in the Fryingpan Basin as part of Reclamation's federal Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Another purpose of the reservoir is to provide water for West Slope interests. The dam is located in Eagle County.

Ruedi stores approximately 102,000 acre-feet (126,000,000 m3) of water. Water in the reservoir is released through Ruedi Dam down the Fryingpan primarily for municipal, industrial, and agricultural interests. A side benefit of the reservoir is recreation. Boating, fishing and camping are popular at the reservoir itself, while the downstream portion of the Fryingpan River has become well regarded as a Gold Medal fishery.

Typically, releases from Ruedi follow a seasonal pattern. The USGS page for streamflow below Ruedi Dam provides up-to-date information for water released to the Lower Fryingpan in cubic-foot -per-minute measurements.

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  • the drive up to it is beautiful too! great place to kayak, anchor, fish or swim. boat and kayak launch. please keep it clean!  more »
  • We always wanted to visit this place and we finally did. We had such a great time and one day we hope to get a boat and actually go out on the lake. If you would like to just walk around the lake...  more »
  • A beautiful body of water with numerous access points & hidden secrets.
  • This is the most beautiful body of water with its natural fresh clean water, air, environment. It’s loosing its water level but Mother Nature is changing seasons and she will be full again.

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