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Bonny Reservoir, CO

Lake Size: 2,095 water surface acres
Shoreline Length (Miles): 15 miles
Deepest Depth: 15 feet
Latitude: 39.6086046
Longitude: -102.2035236
Lake Level Above Sea Level: 605 feet
Counties: Yuma County
Cities: Idalia
Lake Management: US Army Corps of Engineers

Information: In 2007 the lake had 2,200 acre feet (2,700,000 m3) of water drained to meet obligations of a water compact made between Colorado and Kansas. Although not all of the 2,200 acre feet (2,700,000 m3) of water was drained. The drainage was stopped due to the fact that none of the water was reaching the way station in Binkelman Nebraska. Only 1,100 feet (340 m) was lost.
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Over the summer of 2008 the lake gained enough water through rainfall to raise the lake a total of 4 feet 8 inches (1.4 m), but the dam engineer decided to let out the water so it would not evaporate. This went against the decision that was made at the water meetings that happened that previous winter to not let out any more water, and either let the lake dry up or fill up as nature let it. The lake has the potential to have huge winter fish kills due to the shallowier lake conditions. If the 4 feet 8 inches (1.4 m) was still in the lake the fish would easily have enough water to avoid fish kills.
On August 24, 2007, the owners and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources considered shutting down the lake due to water loss and lack of funds. The lake was at a low measure sitting at only 15 feet (4.6 m) to 4 feet (1.2 m) and the shallowest. Guests could not launch boats from the boat ramps, but boats could be launched by hand. This meant only small water craft like canoes, jetskies, could be launched. Fishing and hunting were still good around the lake. Walleye, wiper, catfish, and white bass bite very well off the dam, and ducks love the lake as a resting point as they continue their migration
More than 300 different species of birds have been seen in the park, including rare bald eagles there are also many species of waterfowl over the winter months that including green-wing teal, widgeon, pintails, mallards, wood ducks, blue-wing teal, canadian geese, snow geese, and sandhill cranes. Mammal species found in the park include beaver, cottontail rabbit, coyote, deer (both mule deer and white-tailed deer), jackrabbit, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, and weasel.

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