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Smith Reservoir
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Looking across the reservoir towards Blanca Peak
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Location Costilla County, Colorado
Coordinates 37°23′34″N 105°31′50″W / 37.39278°N 105.53056°W / 37.39278; -105.53056
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Trinchera Creek
Sangre de Cristo Creek
Ute Creek
and several other smaller creeks
Primary outflows Trinchera Creek
Managing agency Trinchera Irrigation Company
Designation Smith Reservoir State Wildlife Area
Built 1914 (1914)
Water volume 14,058 acre⋅ft (17,340,000 m3)
Surface elevation 7,716 ft (2,352 m)
Frozen Freezes in winter

Smith Reservoir is located in Costilla County, Colorado, south of Blanca in the San Luis Valley. The reservoir is owned by the Trinchera Irrigation Company.


The rockfill dam, Smith Dam, was built in 1914 and — according to the National Inventory of Dams — stores 14,058 acre⋅ft (17,340,000 m3) of water. It impounds Trinchera Creek. Sangre de Cristo Creek and several smaller creeks also flow into the reservoir; prior to the reservoir's construction, Sangre de Cristo Creek had its confluence with Trinchera Creek here.

State wildlife area

The lake and the land immediately surrounding it are also designated as the Smith Reservoir State Wildlife Area. It offers trout fishing, waterfowl hunting, and camping.

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