Little Dell Reservoir, Salt Lake City

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Little Dell Reservoir is a reservoir in eastern Salt Lake County, Utah, United States, about 13 miles east of Salt Lake City in the western Wasatch Mountains. It is located alongside Utah State Route 65, about 1 mile northeast of Interstate 80. Little Dell is an impoundment on Dell Creek, but it also stores water diverted from Parleys Creek located immediately downstream. The reservoir was constructed between 1987 and 1993 for drinking water supply and flood control as a joint venture between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County. The total cost of the project was US$63,864,932.00. The reservoir and recreation area is operated and maintained by the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities.
Construction of a storage facility on Dell Creek in Parleys Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah was first considered in the late 1940s when Dr. Ray E. Marsell, geologist consultant for the Utah Water and Power Board, recommended the project to the Salt Lake City Commission. Interest in the project was rekindled in 1983 when 1300 South, Salt Lake City was flooded for the second time in 31 years.
The Little Dell Reservoir dam is a rolled earthfill structure. It has a maximum height of 224 feet above the streambed and is 1,700 feet in length.
The recreation area at Little Dell is located near the site of a historic Pony Express station run by Utah pioneer Ephraim Hanks in the mid-19th century. Known as Little Dell Station, it was situated about 1000 feet northeast of the northernmost tip of the reservoir. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. None of the original structure remains.
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  • This area is good for beginner snowshoeing in the winter. The hills are not steep and therefore not avalanche problems. The view of the reservoir from the hills above is great, especially as it begins...  more »
  • The air was crisp and cool, the sky a brilliant blue, and the water calm, reflecting the white clouds above. The still quiet near the water was broken by kyakers returning from an afternoon paddle aro...  more »
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  • @David Joe fishing is slow. but my friend caught two cutthroats yesterday on tube jiggers. he was about 20 minutes earlier than me by the time i got in the water around 7 there wasn't anymore biting.
  • Very peaceful place.

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