Smith Reservoir (Costilla County, Colorado) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSmith Reservoir
Looking across the reservoir towards Blanca Peak
|Location||Costilla County, Colorado|
|Primary inflows||Trinchera Creek
Sangre de Cristo Creek
and several other smaller creeks
|Primary outflows||Trinchera Creek|
|Managing agency||Trinchera Irrigation Company|
|Designation||Smith Reservoir State Wildlife Area|
|Water volume||14,058 acre⋅ft (17,340,000 m3)|
|Surface elevation||7,716 ft (2,352 m)|
|Frozen||Freezes in winter|
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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