Eagle River (Colorado)

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Eagle River[1]
Eagle River Bridge.jpg
Eagle River at Eagle, Colorado
Origin Confluence of East Fork and South Fork
39°25′18″N 107°03′26″W / 39.42167°N 107.05722°W / 39.42167; -107.05722
Mouth Confluence with Colorado River
39°38′47″N 107°03′26″W / 39.64639°N 107.05722°W / 39.64639; -107.05722Coordinates: 39°38′47″N 107°03′26″W / 39.64639°N 107.05722°W / 39.64639; -107.05722
Progression Colorado
Length 60.5 mi (97.4 km)[2]
Mouth elevation 6,122 ft (1,866 m)
Avg. discharge 577 cu ft/s (16.3 m3/s)[3]
Basin area 945 sq mi (2,450 km2)[3]

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]

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  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, 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. Retrieved 13 June 2012.