Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Lake Nighthorse is a newly constructed reservoir built by the Bureau of Reclamation. It occupies Ridges Basin. Filling began in 2009 and was completed in the summer of 2011. Only 2 miles from downtown Durango and at an elevation of 6800 ft. above sea level, this 1500 acre lake was built as a part of the Animas-LaPlata Project to meet the water rights of the two Native American Indian tribes in Southwestern Colorado, The Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. The water diverted to this reservoir will also benifit five other entities in the Four Corners area, the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District, the State of Colorado, the Navajo Nation, the San Juan Water Commision, and the La Plata Conservation District.
A plan outlining recreation access is currently being drawn up.