Spring Canyon Dam

The formations at Spring Canyon Dam are the same as at Soldier Canyon and Dixon Canyon except that the axis of the dam extends between the outcrops on the middle Dakota sandstone instead of the upper sandstone.  The result is that a greater proportion of the foundation rock is Morrison shale and that the upper shale of the Dakota Formation is practically all outside of and downstream of the embankment area.  Further differences are that the cutoff trenches will be partly in Morrison shales instead of entirely in Dakota formation as at Soldier Creek and Dixon Canyons.

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ProjectColorado-Big Thompson
Dam Type
WatercourseOffstream Storage
Original Construction1946-1949
Modified Construction
National ID NumberCO01668
Hydrologic Unit Code

Structural Height155.0 ft
Hydraulic Height (Normal Operating Depth at Dam)
Top Parapet (Elevation)
Spillway Crest Elevation
Crest Elevation5443.0 ft
Crest Length1840.0 ft
Crest Width
Base Width
Volume of Dam Construction Materials
Streambed at Dam Axis
Top of Exclusive Flood Control Pool (Elevation)
Top of Joint Use Pool (Elevation)
Top of Active Conservation Pool (Elevation)5430.0 ft
Top of Inactive Conservation Pool (Elevation)5325.0 ft
Top of Dead Storage Pool (Elevation)5320.0 ft

Hydraulics & Hydrology
Total Water Storage at Elevation
Maximum Water Surface Elevation
Normal Water Surface Elevation5430.0 ft
Spillway Type
Auxiliary SpillwayNo
Spillway Capacity at Elevation0 cfs at 0 ft
Auxiliary Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Uncontrolled Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Outlet Works Capacity at Elevation0 cfs at 0 ft
Diversion Capacity at Elevation
Drainage Area17.0 sq mi
Hydrometeorological Report (HMR)HMR 55
Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) Report

Contact Information
TitleArea Office Manager
OrganizationEastern Colorado Area Office
Address11056 W. County Rd 18E
CityLoveland, CO 80537-9711
Phone (Fax)970 663-3212
Phone (Office)970 667-4410
OrganizationNorthern Colorado Water Conservancy District
AddressPO Box 679
CityLoveland, CO 80539
Phone (Office)970 667-2437

Last updated: Apr 02, 2013