Monday, June 20, 2016

Gore Creek

Gore Creek is a 18.5 mile long tributary of the Eagle River (which in turn is a tributary of the Colorado River) in Eagle County in central Colorado. It drains an area of the Rocky Mountains at the south end of the Gore Range through Gore Valley. It rises on the Eagle County-Summit County border along the high crest of the Gore Range, in the White River National Forest, approximately 4 miles north of Vail Pass, descending to the west through a narrow gorge, receiving Black Gore Creek from the south. Downstream of this confluence, it runs alongside U.S. Highway 6  and Interstate 70. It flows through Vail and joins the Eagle River from the east, approximately 3 miles west of Vail.
While the downstream portions of Gore Creek remain a Gold Medal Brown Trout fishery, the health of aquatic life in the creek has come into question. Due to low counts of aquatic macroinvertebrates, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment placed Gore Creek on a state list of impaired waterways in 2011.