The list of Colorado lakes drying up is growing.

Add Deweese Reservoir to that list. The dams base is now visible. Most have never seen this south-central Colorado lake this low, ever. The National Weather Service's recent drought monitor shows 85% of Colorado is under either "Severe", "Extreme", or "Exceptional" drought conditions. The worst part is the southwest corner of Colorado from Grand Junction south to the New Mexico border over to Durango.

The dam and lake are a private operation. The Deweese Dye Ditch Company in Canon City owns and manages the cities water supply. The lake's been providing water to the Grape Creek agricultural community for decades.

The good news is the lake won’t dry up completely. The Colorado Parks & Wildlife keeps the lake stocked with fish and has a backup watershed in the area.

It will take a tremendous amount of rain and snow this winter to erase the effects of the continued dry weather. The drought of 2018 has been one for the record books.

Credit: KOAA 5News

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