If you plan to visit any of Denver Water’s recreation areas, we encourage visitors to follow safety guidelines. Please be sure to check each of our recreation webpages for specific updates about a facility. No matter what area you visit, take precautions.
From bighorns to bike trails, a great place to play
Strontia Springs Dam is 6.5 miles upstream of the mouth of Waterton Canyon on the South Platte River. Water is diverted from the reservoir into a 3.4-mile tunnel under the mountains to the Foothills Water Treatment Plant. Completed in 1983, this dam rises 243 feet above the South Platte streambed.
Waterton Canyon is home to many different types of wildlife, including the popular Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd. There are also mule deer, black bears, mountain lion(s), elk, lizards and snakes, including the prairie rattlesnake.
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