Carson Lake (also known as Hogchute Reservoir) is part of the City of Grand Junction’s water supply network. The Carson Lake Dam was reclassified as a High Hazard Dam in 2015 due to development occurring in the lower Kannah Creek basin. Construction improvements began in July 2021. These upgrades are proactive measures to preserve the life of the dam, improve operations, and enhance safety for residents in the Kannah Creek basin. The project includes improvements to the outlet pipe assembly, the overflow spillway and channel, and will include an Early Warning Telemetry System (EWS). The EWS is a new feature and is one of the first to be used on a remote reservoir site such as this in Colorado. Due to winter weather conditions, the project was winterized in early November. Remaining work will be completed in the summer of 2022.
Carson Lake is currently empty and closed for winter ice fishing. National Forest System Road #108 between Land’s End Road and Carson Lake will remain closed until construction is complete. This closure includes the parking lot and access to upper trails that start at Carson Lake.
Please contact the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests’, Grand Valley Ranger District at (970) 242-8211 for more information regarding trail closures and alternative routes.
Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager | 970-244 1557 or firstname.lastname@example.org