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Colorado whitewater, Eagle River

Eagle county, Edwards to Eagle section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     17.4 miles
  The Edwards to Eagle stretch of Eagle River in Eagle County is 17.4 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. When you're paddling
    down a Sawatch Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time,
so why not pack your sleeping bag too. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The nature  
scenery of Eagle County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting point is not too far from Edwards, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of folks from Wolcott come to Eagle River, and if you like skiing, you're in luck; Beaver Creek is pretty near. So many cool things to do in the Sawatch Range, not sufficient time. There is a wonderful hiking trail in the vicinity of Eagle River called the Salt Creek Trail, and Sylvan State Park is a good spot to go. This river has so much to offer.

Eagle River, Edwards to Eagle road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Eagle River.
 Whitewater Near Eagle River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Timberline Tours, Eagle County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Eagle River, Eagle County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 17.4 miles long (Edwards to Eagle)
Eagle River, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 1 miles long (Forest Service Visitor Center to Riverbend bus stop)
Piney River, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 19 miles long (Piney Crossing to State Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Lakota River Guides, Eagle County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River Center, Eagle County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rock Creek, Routt County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 7 miles long (Shoe and Stocking Creek Trailhead to Bridge below Quarry)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sage Outdoor Adventures, Eagle County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Fryingpan River, Eagle County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5.7 miles long (Upper)
Whitewater Outfitter - Colorado River RUNS, Eagle County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Eagle River:
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 14 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Vail, Colorado , 24 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Buttermilk, Colorado , 26 miles away, 2030 foot drop, 7 lifts, 41 runs
Aspen Mountain, Colorado , 26 miles away, 3267 foot drop, 8 lifts, 76 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 26 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Aspen Highlands, Colorado , 27 miles away, 3635 foot drop, 4 lifts, 131 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 33 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 41 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Steamboat, Colorado , 43 miles away, 3668 foot drop, 20 lifts, 143 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 44 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
 Hotels Near Eagle River:
The Lodge And Spa At Cordillera, Edwards , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Vail Valley, Eagle , 8 miles away
Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Eagle CO, Eagle , 8 miles away
Best Western Plus Eagle Lodge & Suites, Eagle , 8 miles away
AmericInn Eagle, Eagle , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Eagle River:
Wolcott, Wolcott, 4 miles away
Yeoman Park Campground, Eagle County, 8 miles away
Sylvan Lake State Park, Meredith, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Eagle River:
Salt Creek Trail, Eagle , 5 miles away
Red Canyon Stock Driveway, Eagle , 7 miles away
Cache Creek Access Trail, Eagle , 7 miles away
Lake Creek Trail, Eagle , 8 miles away
Antone Trail, Eagle , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Eagle River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 64 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 64 miles away
Sylvan State Park, Colorado , 9 miles away
White River National Forest, Colorado , 14 miles away
Stagecoach State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Eagle River:
Cordillera Golf Course, Edwards , 2 miles away
Red Sky Golf Club, Wolcott , 3 miles away
Red Sky Guest, Wolcott , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Eagle River
LEDE Reservoir, Eagle , 11 miles away
Lake Thomas, Eagle , 12 miles away

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