Standley Lake

Address: 88th Ave. at Kipling, Arvada

Claimant in 1936 was Farmers Reservoir & Irrigation Co. Filled with water diverted from Clear Creek, Ralston Creek and Leyden Creek via Croke Canal and Church Ditch; also Farmer's High Line Canal and old rights (September 1, 1869) decreed to Kinnear Reservoir flow from Coal Creek and Woman Creek. Kinnear Lake was situated in the center of what is now Standley Lake. Adjudication records state: Standley Lake "is an integral part and parcel of Croke Canal and is used for the purpose of diverting, carrying, controlling, regulating and distributing in the most economical manner and to the greatest advantage, the waters into and through said canal, as well as for storage purposes and said Standley Lake as a part and parcel of said canal in its use as a carrier of water for direct irrigation, constitutes regulating and expansion basin by which the water diverted into and through said canal for direct irrigation may be checked and temporarily retained for the purpose of making a more economical distribution during the irrigation season." "Said Croke Canal is also used as a feeder or intake ditch for Standley Lake for storage purposes." Outlets for Standley Lake are Niver Canal and Big Dry Creek. Construction began March 1902. When completed, it was said to be the largest earth dam then constructed--700 feet wide at the bottom, 1-1/4 miles long and 113 feet high (water was 87 feet deep). Construction was not completed until after 1910. The name 'Standley' was chosen for Joseph Standley, President of the company formed to build the lake and canal.
Quad Map/Date: Arvada and Golden, 1956 and 1965
Sec/Town/Range: S20, 21 and 28, T2S, R69W, Water District #7
Elevation: 5500
Source: Denver District Court Division II Proceedings, #60052, May 13, 1936; Arvada Historical Society, "More Than Gold," Frontispiece; Arvada Historical Society, "Arvada--Just Between You & Me," pp. 13 and 25; State Engineer's "Water Rights Report," p. 382, June 1989.
Other Names: Kinnear Reservoir
Last Modified: Sat, August 10 1996

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