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DeWeese Reservoir
  • DeWeese-Dye Reservoir
  • Lake De Weese
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Looking west across the reservoir towards the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
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Location Custer County, Colorado
Coordinates 38°12′9″N 105°27′48″W / 38.20250°N 105.46333°W / 38.20250; -105.46333
Type reservoir
Etymology Named for Dall DeWeese, who along with C.R.C. Dye incorporated the DeWeese-Dye Ditch and Reservoir Company
Primary inflows Grape Creek
Primary outflows Grape Creek
Designation DeWeese Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Built 1902 (1902)—1903 (1903)
First flooded 1903 (1903)
Water volume 3,542 acre feet (4,369,000 cubic meters)
Surface elevation 7,671 feet (2,338 meters)
Frozen Freezes in winter

DeWeese Reservoir is located in northern Custer County, Colorado between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains. The reservoir is owned by the DeWeese-Dye Ditch and Reservoir Company, which uses the water it stores to irrigate agricultural crops around Lincoln Park and Brookside in Fremont County, Colorado.

The ditch and reservoir company owns the land under the reservoir and most of the land around it. The company has arrangements with other organizations to store water and for the use of the space. For example, it stores 500 acre feet (620,000 cubic meters) for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, it stores 500 acre feet (620,000 cubic meters) for the Bureau of Land Management (which also owns some land near the reservoir), and it stores some water for the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District and the Round Mountain Water District, a local water company.

State wildlife area

The lake and the land immediately surrounding it are also designated as the DeWeese Reservoir State Wildlife Area. It offers coldwater stream and lake fishing, hunting, and picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and camping.

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