About Us

The Agricultural Ditch and Reservoir Company was founded on March 30,1874 as a privately owned Colorado non-profit company under the ownership of numerous stockholders. Much of the ditch Right-of-Way was conveyed or condemned prior to Colorado becoming a State in October 1876. The Ag Ditch is located in Water District No. 7, and diverts its water rights from Clear Creek just east of Ford Street in Golden and traverses easterly along West 32nd Avenue and through the Applewood area east of South Table Mountain. The Ag Ditch runs southeasterly through Lakewood and into the City and County of Denver to its terminus at Federal Boulevard at the Sisters of Loretto Heights. It flows southeasterly through the Denver Federal Center, Addenbrooke Park, crossing Garrison Street near Mississippi Avenue, crosses West Jewell Avenue east of Kendrick Lake Park, crosses Wadsworth Boulevard at Morrison Road. Several reservoirs are owned by the the Company in Lakewood and also in Clear Creek County. Main Reservoir, East Reservoir, and Smith Reservoir are located along Kipling Parkway between Mississippi Avenue and West Jewell Avenue in Lakewood. The Fall River Reservoir, Upper Chinns Reservoir, Lower Chinns Reservoir, Loch Lomond Reservoir, Lake Caroline, Reynolds Reservoir, Stuart Reservoir, and Ice Lake are located northwest of Idaho Springs up Fall River Road near the town of Alice, known for St. Mary's Glacier. The Reservoir storage is of significant value when Clear Creek flows diminish and the ditch flow may be continued into the late summer and fall with reservoir storage releases.