Numerous archaeological artifacts were discovered during the reservoirs’ construction that provides evidence of a long history of human inhabitation of the land dating back 9,000 years. Native and immigrant settlers of the region relied on the land for their livelihood from hunting to mining gold to homesteading and ranching.
Although the ranching community of Douglas County still thrives on the land, continual growth of adjacent developments and an influx of people moving to the region has increased the demand for water.
As stewards of the land and community, it is the wish of the District and its’ local partners to preserve this land as a resource and to educate visitors about the history of RHR, Newlin Gulch, and the region to ensure that it continues to be a sanctuary for wildlife and to respect its important heritage. Jointly, the reservoir serves as a unique recreational destination to accommodate a broad range of communities and adventurer seekers from near and far.
The community is encouraged to stay involved in protecting this land and educating generations to come about the reservoir and adjacent lands’ rich history, unique outdoor space, and preserved native environment while securing a valuable water future.