The Taylor Draw Dam and Kenney Reservoir are located five miles east of town on the White River and offer a wide variety of recreational facilities and leisure activities, including motor boating, sailing, fishing and swimming.
The completion of Taylor Draw Dam and Kenney Reservoir were in October 1984 provided the town with a wonderful feature. Taylor Draw dam and the surrounding area along with the reservoir and the small hydro plant is maintained and operated by the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District.
Together, in addition to the electrical power generated, they provide a welcome addition to the attractions in Rangely and to family enjoyment. Located five miles east of Rangely, Colorado, on the White River, Kenney Reservoir offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and leisure activities.
The reservoir is composed of approximately 13,800 acre feet of water. There are well maintained facilities that include clean restrooms, group shelters, horseshoe pits, swimming area, a marina and sand play areas. The facilities are all open in spring and summer, and are handicapped accessible.
The reservoir is stocked for fishing, but you must have a Colorado fishing license. You can get these licenses at many locations in Rangely and northwestern Colorado. If you're just visiting for a few days, the state offers one-day and three-day licenses at reasonable cost.
The reservoir has Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, and Rainbow Trout. Many Rangely natives enjoy fishing at the reservoir and most know that the best fishing is right below the dam, where you may also catch a Whitefish. It's possible that you'll hook one of Colorado's endangered native river fish, such as the Pikeminnow. If you catch one of these you must return it to the river safely and immediately. If you don't know what the endangered fishes look like, get a copy of the Colorado Division of Wildlife fishing brochure, available in many Rangely stores, which has pictures of most fish species found in Colorado.
Boating & Water Sports:
The marina, located on the east side, has a concrete boat ramp and fiberglass docks. Safety is important at the reservoir, and all boats are required to have personal floatation devices approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for each person on board.
Floating logs and other debris are a hazard at Kenney Reservoir. Boaters and skiers should keep a sharp watch for floating or partially submerged objects as well as shallow areas.
All onboard toilet facilities must be self-contained and sealed.
Boats pulling water skiers must have an observer on board in addition to the driver. A red 12"x12" flag must be displayed whenever a skier is down in the water. Ski counterclockwise. Be aware of other skiers and watercraft.
Jet skis and other water craft must obey the boating laws and observe safe boating practices.
There are rustic campsites available for self-contained campers and/or tent camping. A dumping station is located in the Rangely Camper Park east of town off U.S. Hwy 64.
Passes and Permits:
$ 5.00 day Resident
$ 7.00 day Non-resident
$ 40.00 Annual Pass for resident only
Hunting and Wildlife:
A wetlands area at the tailwater of the lake provides cover and food for a variety of waterfowl. Bald eagles, osprey, blue heron, mule deer, elk, beaver, raccoons, mink, and other animals can be seen throughout the year.
During hunting season, all legal methods of hunting may be used.
Having a picnic at one of the several picnic areas and enjoying the lovely, rugged scenery may be just what the doctor ordered. With blue skies and a fresh breeze, stress becomes a thing of the past. Locals often enjoy going to the reservoir to watch the sunset upon the bluffs behind the lake, or watch a full moon rise from the other side.