Antero Reservoir Interactive Journey > Middle/South Fork > Antero Reservoir
Built by the Antero and Lost Park Company, Antero Reservoir was completed in 1909. Two different stories explain the name: One story is that it was named for a friendly tribal chief of the Ute Indians, the other explains the name as coming from the Spanish word for "first", as it was the first dam on the river near the river's origin and first in storage capacity (at the time of construction). Geologists believe the reservoir occupies the site of a former lake bed (Green Lake), probably no more than 300 years old. It was designed to store approximately 20,000 acre-feet of water for irrigation purposes, and was purchased by the Denver Water Department in 1924. Today it is a favorite fishing area for anglers.

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