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An American flag flies over Horsetooth Reservoir.
(Above) The weather cooperated and there were clear skies for the historic MOU signing
on July 19 at Horsetooth.

Horsetooth and Carter Lake Reservoirs


Horsetooth and Carter Lake reservoirs are now in winter operations. Horsetooth is just roughly 60% full; Carter is just under 40% full.

Project Operations

Before reaching Horsetooth and Carter, C-BT water comes under the Continental Divide via the Adams Tunnel. Once in Estes Park, it is used to generate hydro-electric power at the Marys and Estes power plants. From Estes, water can either be released down the Big Thompson Canyon, or continue through the C-BT's southern power arm, generating power at three more plants: Flatiron, Pole Hill and Big Thompson.

As it moves through the power system, C-BT also moves through four other reservoirs. Water levels are about average for this time of year at Lake Estes, Marys Lake, Pinewood, and Flatiron reservoirs.

CAST for Kids at Horsetooth

One of the best parts of the year is the CAST for Kids event at Horsetooth Reservoir. 2013 marked our 17th annual event. Although it was a little windy, 26 children and their families joined us for CAST at Horsetooth and had a fabulous time catching fish, making friends, and enjoying a day outside.

Parents can find the 2013 CAST portraits on-line at: http://www.usbr.gov/gp/publicaffairs/horsetooth_cast_060113.html

Please feel free to download the picture of your child and print at home. The pictures are provided as 5x7 portraits so they fit easily into the CAST plaque.

CAST events are special days because approximately 100 volunteers come together to take differently-abled and disadvantaged kids out on the water for a fantastic day of fishing and fun. Local-area fishing clubs, most notably the Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society, donate their boats, time, and personal expertise to give everyone a decent chance at catching a fish. Participating families, volunteers, and BASS fishermen and women are joined by participating businesses who donate staff and supplies to make the day a great success.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in participating in our annual CAST for Kids event, please contact Kara Lamb to register. Registration is open for children in kindergarten through high school and closes on May 20.

To learn more about CAST, visit the web site. To learn more about our event, search "events" on the CAST page, or visit us on Facebook at "CAST at Horsetooth."

For more information on Carter, Horsetooth and the CAST for Kids event at Horsetooth, please contact Kara Lamb.

Horsetooth and Carter, Upcoming Events & Current News
  • For the most current information on the operation of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project please follow @usbr on Twitter or visit the Reclamation Facebook page.
  • Download your child's 2013 CAST portrait today! They are available on-line.
  • We have multiple years of CAST for Kids events up on Facebook!
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Last Updated: October 25, 2013

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