Ruedi Reservoir

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Ruedi Reservoir


(970) 945-2521

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Ruedi Dam and Reservoir features of the Fryingpan Arkansas Project, are on the Fryingpan River about 15 miles east of Basalt, Colorado. Ruedi Dam is a rock and earthfill structure that stands about 285 feet high above streambed and has a crest length of 1,042 feet. The Reservoir is on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, where snow-capped mountain peaks reach over 13,000 feet and the thickly forested slopes provide an exceptionally beautiful background for recreation activities. Recreation at the reservoir is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. At Ruedi there are four campgrounds and 81 sites to accomadate visitors. There is also easy access to the reservoir to providde opportunities to fish for rainbow, mackinaw, and brown trout. The surrounding area in the White River National Forest provides numerous activities for nature seekers such as hiking, hunting, and backcountry camping. The best time to visit is in the warmer months since facilities are closed in the winter.

Map of Ruedi Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 39.365268, -106.778320



  • Boating

    The two boat-launch ramps provide easy access to the reservoir for motorized boating and sailing.

  • Camping

    There are 81 campsites for campers to enjoy. Facilities such as restrooms are also available.

  • Fishing

    Primary fish caught in the reservoir are brown, rainbow, and mackinaw trout.

  • Hiking

    There are hundreds of miles of trails in the National Forest open for hikers of all abilities.

  • Hunting

    The White River National Forest is a great location for big game, small game, and waterfowl hunting.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic and day-use areas for visitors.

  • RVing

    Opportunities are available.

  • Water Sports

    Popular water sports are sailing, boating, and fishing.


Facilities closed in the winter due to snow and ice.



On the Fryingpan River about 15 miles east of Basalt, Colorado and 30 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Take State Road 82 about 30 miles south of Glenwood Springs to reach road leading to Basalt. From Basalt, take Fryingpan River Road east.


Use Denver International Airport.

Phone Numbers


(970) 945-2521