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Carter Lake Reservoir, Loveland, Colorado | by Ken Lund
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Carter Lake Reservoir, Loveland, Colorado

Carter Lake Dam is a dam in Larimer County, Colorado.


The earthen dam was completed in 1950 by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, with a height of 214 feet, and a length of 1235 at its crest. It contains offstream storage as part of the Bureau's Colorado-Big Thompson Project for flood control and irrigation. The dam is owned by the Bureau and operated by the regional Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.


The reservoir it creates, Carter Lake Reservoir, has a water surface of 1,100 acres, about eight miles of shoreline, more than 900 acres of surrounding public land, and a capacity of 112,230 acre-feet. Recreation includes fishing (for rainbow trout, kokanee, brown trout, splake, walleye, yellow perch, bluegill, salmon, largemouth bass, etc.), hunting, boating, camping and hiking.

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Taken on September 24, 2015