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Old 05-15-2014   #1
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Horse Creek Boat Launch on Colorado River

Hey River Rats, many of you already know this - but just a reminder that Eagle County Open Space built a new boat launch facility about 12 miles upriver from Dotsero last September. It is called the Horse Creek River Access and is located at the southern end of Colorado River Ranch.

The float between Horse Creek and Cottonwood is most excellent. The new site provides a vault toilet, parking, and a concrete boat launch, but no water. Camping is not permitted. No fee is charged.

The driveway is only one lane under the railroad, so please enter and exit slowly. The land acquisition effort was completed through a partnership between Eagle County Open Space, The Conservation Fund, Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado Open Lands.

Unlike many of our other sites, Horse Creek is not managed jointly with BLM, so please help us keep the property clean by picking up after yourselves (and others).

Call me with questions, as always,

Toby Sprunk
Eagle County Open Space Director

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Old 05-15-2014   #2
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Does this site have an open river bank for setting up your raft by the water or is it just a concrete boat launch? Thanks for puting in the launch site BTW.

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Old 05-15-2014   #3
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No beach there. It was actually a small engineering feat to build the concrete pad in what was a very steep and unstable bank. Best to have the boat pre-rigged before entering the launch area.

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Old 05-15-2014   #4
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horse creek to dotsero

Thanks eagle county open space! So horse creek to cottonwood is about 6 miles, class I/II, no high water bridge issues, correct? And cottonwood to dotsero is about 6 miles, classl/ll, potential bridge clearance problem at dotsero bridge in high water (is about 7500 cfs the over/under in a raft?) Thanks
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To get a mental image of where this new put in is, does this look like the right spot on google maps?'
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Old 05-15-2014   #6
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There is one rapid just downstream from the launch area where Horse Creek enters the Colorado River. I'd say it is a easy class II. From there on it is essentially class I all the way to Cottonwood.

Sorry, I was unable to follow the link provided on Google Maps by another poster. We have an entrance sign out on Colorado River Road, you can't miss it. It will be on the west side of the road, south end of Colorado River Ranch, driveway goes under the Railroad.

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Aha, yes - this is exactly where it is!
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launch is on east bank of the river, accessed from Colorado River Road.
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Old 05-23-2014   #9
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Is the Cottonwood to Dorsero ok for rafts now, clear the Dotsero bridge?
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Old 05-24-2014   #10
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The old green bridge is no longer there at Dotsero. The new takeout is on the left before the new bridge

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