Meadow Creek Reservoir drained |

Meadow Creek Reservoir drained

This has been a big year for Meadow Creek Reservoir.

Earlier this fall officials from Denver Water announced plans to drain Meadow Creek Reservoir, located in the shadow of the Continental Divide north-northeast of Fraser and Winter Park and accessed via Grand County Road 84. Additionally in late Nov. officials from the US Forest Service (USFS) began requesting public input on a proposed improvement project for Meadow Creek Reservoir that is currently in development.


Officials from Denver Water announced plans in mid-September to drain Meadow Creek Reservoir for standard dam inspection work as well as to upgrade the 42-year old facility. When the announcement was made Meadow Creek was already significantly drained and was only 30 percent full. However after the announcement the Reservoir was drained to a mere six-percent in mid-October.

Despite the drainage, inspection and upgrade work the USFS, which manages recreation at Meadow Creek, kept the area open to recreation. Initial estimates indicated Denver Water would complete work by mid-November. Meadow Creek Reservoir will remain drained throughout the winter. According to a press release from Denver Water, “the timing of when the reservoir will be refilled will depend on the amount of snowfall and timing of snowmelt during the 2017 spring runoff season.”

The inspection work done on the dam at Meadow Creek Reservoir this year is a standard inspection, required every 10-years. Along with the dam inspection Denver Water replaced two valves that cannot be accessed when the reservoir is at normal levels.


As the USFS develops a plan to improve recreational amenities and improve watershed and stream conditions near Meadow Creek Reservoir they are seeking public input at the Sulphur Ranger District. The USFS is seeking public input prior to the developing of any proposed action.

“We really want to hear the public’s ideas early in the process,” said project leader Kelly Larkin. “This will help us tailor our proposed action to something that the public can support.”

A meeting to discuss the project will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Headwaters Trails Alliance Office in Fraser on Dec. 15. If you have further questions contact Kelly Larkin at or call at 970-887-4146.

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