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Ruedi Resevoir, Basalt

#131 of 254 in Nature in Colorado
Ruedi Reservoir is a reservoir on the West Slope of the Continental Divide on the Fryingpan River. It sits about 15mi 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 its 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 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.
In the 1980s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the presence of four endangered fish in the Upper Colorado River Basin. After a lengthy public process, it was decided that Ruedi Reservoir would become one of the sources of water in the recovery efforts of the fish and their habitat.
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  • husband & wife (late 50s) exploring Roaring Fork Valley a few days; husband studied map & noted reservoir; we opted to drive along the Frying Pan River so he could scope out future fishing spots; we w...  more »
  • We enjoy fishing, and also enjoy eating fresh caught trout! Even young children can catch trout here, and there are lots of camping spots to choose from. Some need to be reserved in advance. We have a...  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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