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Colorado River presentation scheduled for July 12

Contact: Toby Sprunk, Open Space Director, 970-328-8698 or 

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners will host a work session next week to outline a vision for increased recreation on the Colorado River between State Bridge and Dotsero. All interested community members are encouraged to attend. The presentation will take place during the board’s regular meeting set for 9 a.m. July 12 in the Eagle County Room, located at 500 Broadway in Eagle. The meeting will also be aired live on ecotv18, and streamed live and archived at

Eagle County has several Colorado River corridor parcels under contract for potential purchase through its dedicated Open Space Fund. The commissioners are interested in gauging support from the boating community and others for increasing public access through these purchases.

Historically, the majority of Colorado River use in the county has been upstream of State Bridge, or near Dotsero downstream from Cottonwood. According to Eagle County Open Space Director Toby Sprunk, these heavily used segments would greatly benefit from more dispersed boating. “A lack of public access is leaving approximately 40 miles of river underutilized,” said Sprunk. “Under-appreciation of this segment of the Colorado puts it at risk for future water development, while increased use would benefit the local economy,” he said.

In addition, the existing Dotsero boat takeout will be vacated in two years when the Colorado Department of Transportation is scheduled to build a new bridge. The Dotsero master plan identifies the need for better utilization of the area as a recreational gateway.

To comment in advance of Tuesday’s meeting, contact Sprunk at 970-328-8698 or at For more information on the county’s open space program, visit