Eagle Lake (Colorado River Basin)

Eagle Lake and Pumping Station (Photo provided by the owner or Freese and Nichols, Inc.)Eagle Lake (an off-channel reservoir) is located on the south side of Eagle Lake township in Colorado County, on Moores Branch, a tributary of the Colorado River.  The lake is owned by the Lakeside Irrigation Company, Inc. and operated/used by Lower Colorado River Authority for irrigation and as a "surge tank" for temporal storage or water.  Construction of the dam started 1899 and was completed in 1900 with impoundment beginning in that year.  The dam is an earthfill embankment of 5,300 feet long with a height of about 6 feet.  The lake has a capacity of 9,600 acre-feet encompassing a surface area of about 1,200 acres at the conservation pool elevation 170 feet above mean sea level.  The dam controls a drainage area of only 20 square miles.  Water is pumped from the nearby Colorado River when excess flow is available.