Milder rapids, great Colorado scenery

Upper Eagle River


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A great option for families or the inexperienced rafter, the upper section of the Eagle River offers milder rapids and time to relax and enjoy the colorful canyon scenery. Located just west of Vail in Avon and Edwards, Colorado.

Recommended Trips on Upper Eagle – Eagle River:

Trip Name: Dowd Chute 1/2 Day
Sections Included: Portion of Gore CreekDowd Chutes, portion of Upper
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!

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Eagle River – Upper Eagle Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class III-IV (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 7415′ to 7114′
Average Gradient: 66.8′ per mile

Access to Access

Avon Bridge to Edwards Treatment Plant: 4.5 miles
Total Mileage: 4.5 miles



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:

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 ~

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles

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