In the News – 

Wolford Mountain 22nd Annual Ice Fishing Contest, Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wolford Mountain Begins Drawdown (July 26, 2018 article)

Located on Muddy Creek in Grand County, Colorado, Wolford Mountain Reservoir was completed in May of 1995. The reservoir represents a new era in water projects – one that features cooperation, not competition, among Colorado’s water users.

Current water level at the Reservoir 

Area Gages:
Muddy Creek flows below Wolford Reservoir
Colorado River flows near Kremmling

Wolford Mountain Reservoir provides much needed water storage for the Colorado River Basin plus an enhanced environment. The reservoir, owned and operated by the Colorado River District, represents a model of cooperation and improvement that sets the stage for future water projects in Colorado.

Ritschard Dam

Ritschard Dam Created Wolford Mountain Reservoir

Wolford Mountain Spillway

Wolford Mountain Spillway













Recreation and Camping

Wolford Mountain Reservoir offers 1,550 surface acres for recreation and on-shore recreational facilities that include:

Wolford Mountain Reservoir is open year-round for camping and other recreational opportunities.

What kind of fish might I catch?
Rainbow trout, cutbow trout and splake.

Operations of Elkhead and Wolford Mountain Reservoirs:

July 2018
April 2018
January 2018


Postponed work at Ritschard Dam means water levels to be normal for rest of summer, July 2017

KREMMLING, Colo. – The Colorado River District is postponing earth work that it had expected to do on top of Ritschard Dam until another year, which means a necessary accelerated drawdown of water levels at Wolford Mountain Reservoir will not occur in 2017.

For the rest of the summer and fall, the usual and expected water deliveries for contract and endangered fish habitat purposes will occur, resulting in a typical seasonal drawdown of about 10 feet in water elevation in the coming months, according to Ray Tenney, Deputy Chief Engineer for the Colorado River District. The River District owns and operates Wolford Mountain Reservoir, which is located about eight miles north of Kremmling on U.S. 40.

The reservoir property is a popular camping, boating, fishing and day-use facility. All of those amenities are in full operation, and would have remained so had the planned work occurred.

Tenney reminds anglers that the northern pike control program at the reservoir continues with anglers paid by the River District a $20 per pike incentive payment. Many anglers have cashed in already this summer. Details are posted at the reservoir.

For more information, contact Jim Pokrandt, Director of Community Affairs at 970.945.8522 or

Drilling into the ice


Love ice-cold temperatures??

Love fishing??

Love money??

Be sure to check out the Annual Wolford Ice Fishing Contest

For more information on camping and campground reservations, please call 866.472.4943 or visit

Electrical  hook-ups and sanitary dump are available.


1995, Making room for the reservoir by moving an historic cabin: 


Reservoir Facts

Location: Muddy Creek, 5 miles north of Kremmling, in Grand County, Colorado
Storage: 66,000 acre feet when full
Surface Area: 1,550 acres
Cost: $42 million for construction, design, permitting, mitigation and land acquisition

Muddy Creek below Wolford Reservoir
Colorado River near Kremmling


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