Hey River Rats - Eagle County Open Space recently closed two projects on the Colorado River that will further enhance recreational access.
1. The County purchased a conservation easement on the 1,017 acre Colorado River Ranch 12 miles upriver from Dotsero. In addition to permantly protecting the property and its two miles of river frontage, Eagle County will also construct a new boat launch/river access site at the south end of the Ranch under the railroad tressle. We hope to have it ready by summer 2013. The $5.5 million project was funded by a partnership between Eagle County Open Space and Great Outdoors Colorado (Colorado Lottery proceeds).
2. Located two miles upriver is the Red Dirt Creek Open Space. This property is now owned by Eagle County and was similiarly funded by a partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado. While it is somewhat compromised by a poor driveway, we will be working this spring to develop a recreational access site, which will include a parking lot, fishing access to 1.7 miles of the Colorado River, and walk-in/float in primitive campsites.
Neither site will require a recreational user fee.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Also, I share all comments and feedback with the Eagle County Commissioners. Obviously ther support for this work is essential.
Eagle County Open Space Director