One of the biggest and most beautiful gems in Northern Colorado is Horsetooth Resevoir. One of the first things I did after unpacking the U-Haul when I arrive here about 6 months ago was do the hike to the top of the nearby Horsetooth Rock. It was everything that locals told me it was going to be and even better .

Whether you're looking down on it, right next to it or ON it, Horsetooth is filled with exciting recreational opportunities and age levels. It's history is pretty cool too.

According to Northern Water, Horsetooth Reservoir was built between 1946 and 1949 and began storing water in January 1951. The first water releases were made to the Poudre River in July 1951.

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Horsetooth Reservoir has a capacity of 156,735 acre-feet, 1,900 surface acres, 25 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 188 feet.

A town by the name of Stout used to actually be located where the Reservoir is currently. While most of the town was moved to the South end where Horsetooth Bay currently sits, some of its remains, including an old schoolhouse are still underwater...kinda creepy right?

Although I can't find any videos from dives that show any remains from the old town of Stout...it's still pretty interested to take an underwater look at Horsetooth.

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