Paonia Diversion Channel Photograph
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Paonia Diversion Channel Photograph. The earthen dam was a project of the United States Bureau of Reclamation. Built between 1959 and 1962 for irrigation storage, it stands 199 feet high and 770 feet across at its crest.The lake it creates, Paonia Reservoir, has a surface area of 334 acres with a total capacity of 20,950 acre- feet and a normal capacity of 18,150 acre-feet.