Rio Grande Dam

Rio Grande Dam is a dam in Hinsdale County, Colorado impounding the Rio Grande. Built between 1910 and 1914 by the San Luis Valley Irrigation District to store water for agriculture in the San Luis Valley, Rio Grande Dam is an earth and rock fill dam 111 ft (34 m) high and 550 ft (170 m) long.[1] The dam impounds the Rio Grande Reservoir, with a capacity of 52,000 acre⋅ft (64,000,000 m3).[2]

The dam and reservoir are situated at an elevation of 9,449 ft (2,880 m) about 20 mi (32 km) southwest of Creede, several miles below the headwaters of the Rio Grande.[3]

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  1. ^ "Rio Grande Dam and Reservoir Rehabilitation". Deere & Ault Consultants, Inc. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  2. ^ Hildner, Matt (2011-08-20). "Rio Grande River basin: The San Luis Valley Irrigation District is looking for ways to fund reservoir repairs". Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  3. ^ USGS Topo Maps for United States (Map). Cartography by United States Geological Survey. ACME Mapper. Retrieved 2013-06-13.

Coordinates: 37°43′15″N 107°16′01″W / 37.72083°N 107.26694°W / 37.72083; -107.26694