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Jefferson Lake

Jefferson Lake is a natural formation that was originally created by a rockslide. A dam was constructed over the rockslide and was completed in 1898. It was rebuilt in its present form in the 1920’s. The dam has a height of 24 feet. Jefferson Lake is filled by inflow from the headwaters of Jefferson Creek. Storage is regulated by a 24 inch pipe-and-valve located at the base of the dam.

Jefferson Lake

Dam and Reservoir owned and operated by Aurora Water

Jefferson Lake

Elevation: 10,693 feet (3,259 meters) Capacity: 2,313 acre feet (1 acre foot = 325,851 gallons) Recreational opportunities managed by United States Forest Service, Jefferson Lake Rd., Jefferson, CO 80456


  • Take US 285 south for 74 miles

  • In the town of Jefferson, turn west (right) on Michigan Creek Rd.

  • Drive 4.5 miles to Jefferson Lake Rd.

  • Turn right on Jefferson Lake Rd.

  • Follow Jefferson Lake Rd. 5.3 miles to Jefferson Lake

Recreational Opportunities

  • Camping

  • Boating (hand carried boats only — electric motors only, wakeless)

  • Fishing

  • Hiking

  • Picnicking

Recreational opportunities managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

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