Eagle River Watershed Council advocates for the health and conservation of the Upper Colorado and Eagle River basins through research, education, and projects. The Watershed Council strives to protect and enhance the high-quality natural, scenic and economic values that our rivers and tributaries provide to the citizens, visitors and wildlife of the Eagle River and Colorado River watersheds located in Eagle County.
“The vision of Eagle River Watershed Council is to protect and enhance the high-quality natural, scenic and economic values that our rivers and tributaries provide to our citizens, visitors and wildlife population.
In doing so, we seek to promote the interconnected conservation values the watershed represents to diverse interest groups that benefit from its continued health and well-being and leave a natural resource legacy to future generations.”
Preservation and enhancement of the natural values of the watershed to leave a conservation legacy for generations of citizens and guests yet to live in or visit Eagle County and our extraordinary river systems.
A proactive approach to education and conservation through projects and relationships with public, private and governmental entities that support our vision and mission.
An understanding that all of our actions in the watershed are interrelated. Land uses, transportation, recreation, water projects and public access must be mindful and long term in the design of their footprint and impact on the waterways and riparian areas of the watershed if we are to successfully preserve this unique resource.
A watershed is another word for a river basin. It’s an area of land that drains into a common body of water. Ever wonder where rain and melting snow goes when it washes down the drain in the parking lot? In most of Eagle County (including the towns of Vail, Minturn, Avon, Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum), this water flows into the Eagle River through one of its main tributaries: Homestake Creek, Cross Creek, Gore Creek, Black Gore Creek, Brush Creek, Gypsum Creek and Lake Creek. From its headwaters on Tennessee Pass, the Eagle River flows 77 miles before joining the Upper Colorado River at Dotsero.
The watershed has an annual flow of 415,000 acre feet of water. The Eagle River Watershed covers 970 square miles, and is composed hundreds of tributary streams, approximately 120 natural lakes, and eight reservoirs. These streams supply the water for all of Eagle County’s population as well as several Front Range communities.
Explore Our Streams
Click the image below to visit The National Atlas Streamer Map. To find our streams, type ‘Eagle River, Colorado’ into the search bar on the top right of the page, then click ‘Trace Upstream’ in the top bar. Click just to the right of the yellow Eagle River dot on the map and you will see our streams appear in red. Now you are ready to virtually explore our watershed!