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Looking south across the reservoir.
|Location||Costilla County, Colorado|
|Primary inflows||Ventero Creek
|Basin countries||United States|
|Managing agency||Sanchez Ditch and Reservoir Company|
|Designation||Sanchez Reservoir State Wildlife Area|
|Surface area||3,145 acres (1,273 hectares)|
|Water volume||103,000 acre feet (127,000,000 cubic meters)|
|Surface elevation||2,518 meters (8,261 feet)|
Sanchez Reservoir lies in far southcentral Colorado, west of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Costilla County. Its inflows include Ventero Creek and the Sanchez Canal, a diversion canal that takes water from Culebra Creek and two other creeks.
The reservoir's earthen dam was built in 1912. Because the dam leaks a lot and because of ongoing drought in the region, the reservoir never really reaches its full capacity.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages fishing at the reservoir, which forms the Sanchez Reservoir State Wildlife Area. However, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a "Fish consumption advisory," warning of unsafe mercury levels in northern pike and walleye caught in the lake.
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