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Colorado Lakes, Rivers and Water Resources




Colorado Lakes and Rivers Map
Colorado Rivers Shown on the Map:   Animas River, Apishapa River, Arikaree River, Arkansas River, Beaver Creek, Big Sandy Creek, Blue River, Box Elder Creek, Cache la Poudre River, Cherry Creek, Colorado River, Dolores River, Gunnison River, Huerfano River, Laramie River, Little Snake River, Mancos River, North Platte River, Platte River, Purgatoire River, Rio Grande, Rush Creek, San Miguel River, South Fork Republican River, South Platte River, Two Butte Creek, Uncompahgre River, White River and Yampa River.

Colorado Lakes Shown on the Map:   Blue Mesa Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir and Lake Granby.


 Colorado Stream and River Levels
Colorado river levels map
The United States Geological Survey has a number of stream gages located throughout Colorado. These estimate stream levels, discharges and record them over time. This data is published on the web and many stations allow users to plot custom graphs. Get updated Colorado river and stream levels from USGS here.


 Colorado Stream and River Level Alerts
Colorado water level alerts
The United States Geological Survey has a system that will send you an email message when flood levels are reached on any steam with USGS gaging equipment that you have selected. Sign up here to recieve Colorado stream and river level alerts.


 Colorado Water Publications
Colorado precipitation map
The United States Geological Survey has a number of publications related to water use and water resources in Colorado. View the water resource publications for Colorado here.


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 Colorado Drought Map
Colorado drought map
The United States Geological Survey publishes updated drought maps on their website. There you can view a map that shows where below normal 7-day average stream flow conditions were recently recorded. The maps are updated daily. Get a current Colorado drought map here.




 Colorado Precipitation Map
Colorado precipitation map
The National Atlas Project has precipitation maps for Colorado and other states that you can view online or print for personal use. These maps show the average annual precipitation levels mapped across the state. View and print an Colorado precipitation map here. Precipitation maps prepared by the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University and the United States Geological Survey.


 Colorado Elevation Map
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The topography of an area determines the direction of stream flow and often is a primary influence on the geographic distribution of precipitation. View a detailed Colorado elevation map.


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