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A sunny day causes water in Chapman Creek to melt and go over the dam.
(Above) Snow was already melting in Chapman Creek in early April. Chapman Diversion Dam is one of 17 small diversions that make the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project possible.
The Fryingpan River waterfalls over small stones just upsteram of Ruedi Reservoir.
(Above) Although run-off is just getting underway, this picture of the Fryingpan River above Ruedi Reservoir from 2006 gives a good idea of what is to come in May and June.

Ruedi Reservoir

Ruedi Reservoir has reached its lowest water elevation level for the season. We have begun Spring operations.

In April, we increased releases from Ruedi Dam to the lower Fryingpan River to about 300 cfs. Warm weather brought on spring snow melt and run-off about a week earlier than had been anticipated.

Snowpack averages for this time of year in the Fryingpan River Basin are around 148%. Reclamation's crews have been up at the 17 small diversion dams, clearing them of snow and manually opening the gates so they can begin diversion.

Forecasts are showing there will be enough water to fill Ruedi Reservoir and divert about 73,000 acre-feet of water from the upper Fryingpan Basin to Southeastern Colorado via the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project.

Links to Additional Information

The USGS page for streamflow below Ruedi Dam provides up-to-date information for water released to the lower Fryingpan in cfs measurements.

Information on Ruedi Reservoir and releases to the Fryingpan River can also be obtained by joining the e-mail notification list. To join the list, please contact Kara Lamb. For even more readily accessible information about Ruedi Reservoir, like its page on Facebook.

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Last Updated: April 24, 2014

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