Credit: Email from
Bureau of Reclamation
Eastern Colorado Area Office
with edit by David Coulson
Colorado State Editor
The water levels at Horsetooth and Carter reservoirs continue to rise.
Currently, Carter Lake is at an elevation of about 5757 which qualifies as "pretty darn near full." It is two vertical feet from capacity and still rising. With this rate of fill, plans are to run the pump to Carter through the weekend, but it will likely go off sometime next week.
Once the pump to Carter goes off, more water will flow into Horsetooth. Right now, Horsetooth is at an elevation of 5410--that's 20 feet from full, but only 4 feet from its average start of season water elevation of 5414. As the reservoir is still rising, it will likely pass the 5414 marker. We will see what the weather brings!
Also exciting: Tomorrow, June 4, is the 15th Annual CAST for Kids event at Horsetooth Reservoir. A lot of folks pitch in to make this day a special one for differently abled kids from up and down the Front Range. BASS, Walleye and other volunteer boaters take a child and his or her guardian out on the water for a morning of fishing and fun. All of that is followed by a luncheon ceremony. We are really looking forward to the early morning tomorrow. It should be a great day! Thanks to all of you who come together to make this event possible every year! For more information, there is a Carter and Horsetooth webpage with a general update on both reservoirs. There is also a general webpage for the Eastern Colorado Area Office (www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao) where they track run-off on the water diversion and delivery projects.
Kara Lamb Public Information Bureau of Reclamation Eastern Colorado Area Office (970) 962-4326