Outdoor Recreation

Kenney Reservoir

Kenney Reservoir is a stunning lake just one mile east of Rangely where Taylor Draw Dam stops the White River.

The lake offers flat-water recreation for visitors and locals alike, from skiing and diving, swimming and boating, to kayaking and paddle-boarding. 

It is also a popular fishing spot with an annual Fishing Derby kicking off the fishing season each year. Kenney Reservoir also hosts a marina, campgrounds, and wildlife viewing areas.

Rio Blanco Water Conservation District, a special district of the State of Colorado, is run by a District Manager and governed by a board of directors with five members. The District manages Taylor Draw Dam, the Taylor Draw Hydroelectric facility, Kenney Reservoir and all of the inundation land (areas that are allowed to flood). The district is in the process of identifying additional recreational opportunities on its surrounding lands. These may include cutting trails above Taylor Draw Dam and Deserado Mine Road in order to enable visitors the chance to walk, view wildlife and increase access to water resources in the area.

Also managed by the Water District is a significant inventory of wetlands created by the construction of Taylor Draw Dam in 1983. The wetlands are in varying stages of the life cycle, from young, developing areas to mature wetlands, creating a wide range of biodiversity including large populations of amphibians and avian species such as water fowl, songbirds, and raptors. Upstream, the flat water of Kenney Reservoir transitions to a mix of shallow water and cattails, perfect for wildlife viewing. 

For hunters looking for large game, the lands upstream of Kenney are fertile territory as they are managed for wildlife. Hunters must adhere to state regulations managing seasons and land access.