Look How Low the Water Level Is At Colorado’s Blue Mesa Reservoir
Everybody knows about the extreme drought conditions in western Colorado, but seeing it in pictures is eye-opening.
Blue Mesa Levels Are Low
Western Colorado is home to the state's largest body of water - Blue Mesa Reservoir - located between Montrose and Gunnison. The massive lake that spans 20 miles and boasts 96 miles of shoreline is a huge attraction for fishing and boating enthusiasts, but recreational usage of the water is being impacted by the drought. The low water level is evident when you see the shoreline.
Elk Creek Marina Closes This Weekend
The National Park Service says the popular Elk Creek Marina will close at the end of business on Sunday, August 21 because of the increasing low-water conditions at Blue Mesa Reservoir. The NPS will be moving the marina to deeper water, which means there will be no access to the Elk Creek ramp until the completion of construction.
The good news is Lake Fork Marina will stay open thru Labor Day. The NPS says the ramp at Lake Fork will become unusable around September 10.
Colorado River Water Shortage
Coloradoans are seeing the impact of the drought on the state's rivers and lakes. Earlier this week, for the first time ever, the US government declared a water shortage on the Colorado River. According to BBC, Lake Mead near Las Vegas, the Colorado Rive'rs largest reservoir is draining at an alarming rate. The reservoir is at its lowest level since it was created in the 1930s.
Blue Mesa Reservoir is just one example of how Colorado is being impacted by drought conditions. I took the photos below of Blue Mesa Reservoir and was shocked at how low the water level is.