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Eagle River


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eagle river overview

Beginning near Vail, the Eagle River is one of the few free-flowing rivers in the state. Named by the Ute Indians because its many tributaries resemble the many feathers of an Eagle’s tail, this river offers early season variety for everyone on either the Upper or Lower section.

• Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – June

White Water Rafting Trips on the Eagle River:

Trip Lengths: 1/2 Day
Outfitter: Timberline Tours
Learn More: ~ 800.831.1414 

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Eagle River. Information regarding the Eagle River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

eagle river sections

Gore Creek
Class III-IV
Float through the resort town of Vail on this continuous and forceful offshoot of the Eagle River.

Dowd Chutes
Class III-IV
This section is fast-paced, steep and narrow creating great non-stop action close to Vail, Beaver Creek and Avon.

Upper Eagle River
Class II-III
Swift and mild, the Upper Eagle is a great option for those looking for a gentle rafting experience.

Lower Eagle River
Class II-III 
Gentle rapids give boaters a taste of whitewater in a scenic canyon setting.



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Eagle River Self-Guided Boaters:

Gore Creek, Dowd Chutes & Upper Eagle

The Eagle River (Gore Creek, Dowd Chutes and Upper Eagle) are in the White River National Forest and is managed by U.S. Forest Service.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river within the National Forest on public lands.
  • River Manager: US Forest Service – Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District
    125 West 5th Street, Po Box 720, Eagle, CO 81631 ~ 970.328.6388
Lower Eagle

The Eagle River (Lower) is managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Silt, CO.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, but you do need to buy a pass to use the BLM managed and private access sites.
  • River Manager: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Colorado River Valley Field Office
    2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652 ~ 970.876.9000

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