Eagle River (Colorado)

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Eagle River [1]
Eagle River Bridge.jpg
Eagle River at Eagle, Colorado
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Eagle River drainage basin
Physical characteristics
 • locationConfluence of East Fork and South Fork
 • coordinates 39°25′18″N 107°03′26″W / 39.42167°N 107.05722°W / 39.42167; -107.05722
 • location
Confluence with Colorado River
 • coordinates
39°38′47″N 107°03′26″W / 39.64639°N 107.05722°W / 39.64639; -107.05722
Latitude and Longitude:

39°38′47″N 107°03′26″W / 39.64639°N 107.05722°W / 39.64639; -107.05722
 • elevation
6,122 ft (1,866 m)
Length60.5 mi (97.4 km) [2]
Basin size945 sq mi (2,450 km2) [3]
 • average577 cu ft/s (16.3 m3/s) [3]
Basin features
Progression Colorado

The Eagle River is a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 60.5 miles (97.4 km) long, [2] in west central Colorado in the United States.

It rises in southeastern Eagle County, at the continental divide, and flows northwest past Gilman, Minturn, Avon. Near Wolcott, it turns west, flowing past Eagle and Gypsum, and joins the Colorado at Dotsero, in western Eagle County.

The Eagle is navigable by typical small river craft upstream to Vail in most years. Its flow ranges from 200 cu ft/s (5.7 m3/s) in late summer of dry years to 7,000 cu ft/s (200 m3/s) during spring runoff.

Acid mine drainage from the abandoned Eagle Mine has entered the river. [4]

See also


  1. ^ "Eagle River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 18, 2011
  3. ^ a b "USGS Gage #09070000 on the Eagle River below Gypsum, CO" (PDF). National Water Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 1946–2011. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  4. ^ "Eagle Mine – Region 8". United States Environmental Protection Agency. April 2012. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.