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Wolford Mountain Reservoir

Wolford Mountain Reservoir

Wolford Mountain Reservoir Marina DockConstruction of Wolford Mountain Reservoir, located on the Muddy Creek in Grand County, Colorado, was completed in May of 1995. The reservoir represents a new era in water projects - one that features cooperation, not competition, among Colorado's water users.

Muddy Creek below Wolford Reservoir
Colorado River near Kremmling

Wolford Mountain Reservoir provides much needed water storage for the Colorado River Basin plus an enhanced environment. The reservoir, owned and operated by the Colorado River District, represents a model of cooperation and improvement that sets the stage for future water projects in Colorado.

Wolford Mountain Reservoir storage benefits both Western Colorado and the Eastern Slope. The West Slope gains a 66,000 acre-foot reservoir and, in exchange for financial support, Denver Water can use up to 40 percent of Wolford's water.
The Colorado River District stores water in Wolford Mountain Reservoir that can be contracted. Water marketing information. 

It's pretty hard to carry it in your wallet, but water stored in Wolford Mountain Reservoir is like money in the bank for Western Colorado's economy.

The future economic health of towns, cities, recreation, industry and agriculture all depend on a secure source of water. Wolford Mountain Reservoir provides this source.

For adjacent Kremmling and surrounding communities, the reservoir enhances tourism by adding camping, fishing and boating opportunities in a beautiful Rocky Mountain setting.

And upstream communities in the Fraser River Valley from Granby to Winter Park can count on a more dependable supply of water, thanks to agreements associated with Wolford Mountain Reservoir.

The 1,550 surface acres of Wolford Mountain Reservoir can be enjoyed by all with recreational facilities that include:
Lake and stream fishing
Boat ramps
Boat rentals
Picnic areas
48-unit overnight camping spots with RV hookups  
        * The campground is partially open for self-contained vehicles.
        * Electrical hook-ups are available, but sanitary hook-ups are not.
        * Cost is $20/night plus $5 per vehicle per day

Wildlife viewing
Hiking and mountain biking
State-of-the-art fish cleaning station
Facilities for the physically challenged

MAP of the recreational area

Wolford Mountain Reservoir Main Dock
Two-thirds of the area's overnight camping facilities are available by email reservation: or by calling 1-800-472-4943. The balance of the overnight slots are drop-in use on a first come, first-served basis.

Program Information.

The Colorado River District and the Colorado Division of Wildlife have steadily stocked Wolford Mountain Reservoir since its opening with trout and kokanee salmon. The Colorado River District and the Division of Wildlife have established a fishery downstream of the dam on Muddy Creek.

Separate trail access has been developed to this area. For public access to lower Muddy Creek, park at the dam, cross the dam on foot and descend to the creek.

The Colorado River District committed 6,000 acre feet of Wolford Mountain Reservoir water as mitigation to assist recovery efforts of Colorado's endangered fish species that include the Colorado pikeminnow, the humpback chub, the razorback sucker and the bonytail.

Learn more about the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program.
Wolford has also committed an additional 5,412 acre feet of water for the next decade to benefit the endangered fish. Wolford Mountain Reservoir is a popular winter range for elk and deer. Habitat improvements on Wolford Mountain east of the reservoir reduce big game movement across U.S. Highway 40 and the reservoir. Elk and deer can be seen grazing in the areas adjacent to Muddy Creek and below the dam through much of the winter.

Wolford Campground
Wolford Mountain Reservoir Storage
Kremmling Chamber of Commerce
Muddy Creek Inflow Above Reservoir
Muddy Creek Outflow Below Reservoir
Colorado Agricultural Meteorology Network (CoAgMet) - Wolford Mountain Reservoir has a CoAgMet weather monitoring station that is operating intermittently.   Wolford Mountain Project
P.O. Box 1115
Kremmling, CO 80459
Voice (970) 724-9525
Fax (970) 724-3433

Project Caretaker: Kem Davidson

P.O. Box 1120 - Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 - 201 Centennial, Suite 200 - Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-8522 FAX (970) 945-8799
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