Sweetwater Lake successfully transferred to the White River National Forest!
Save The Lake in the press:
- CBS Denver: White River National Forest Now Owns Sweetwater Lake
- Vail Daily: White River National Forest completes acquisition of Sweetwater Lake
- Colorado Newsline: Conservation groups celebrate one-year anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act
- The Colorado Sun: Outdoor recreation leaders ask Congress to loosen rules restricting Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars
- The Colorado Sun: Sweetwater Lake closer to conservation as Forest Service land
- The Durango Herald: Sweetwater Lake purchased by national environmental nonprofit
- Post Independent: Sweetwater Lake is no longer in private hands
- The Journal: Sweetwater Lake purchased by national environmental nonprofit
- The Colorado Sun: U.S. Forest Service ranks protecting Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake high on its list of funding priorities
- The Colorado Sun: Plan to buy remote Sweetwater Lake and transfer it to Forest Service gets boost from Eagle County Communities
- The Conservation Fund: Young Conservationists Lend Support to Save Sweetwater Lake
- The Colorado Sun: In a win for public lands – and Cory Gardner – Trump vows to fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund
- The Journal: Sen. Cory Gardner says he showed Trump photo of Colorado to help secure LWCF funding
- Vail Daily: Effort to purchase, preserve Sweetwater Lake gets big fundraising boosts
- Post Independent: Glenwood Middle School 6th graders doing their part to preserve Sweetwater Lake
- Vail Daily: Gypsum chips in $20,000 toward Sweetwater purchase
- Vail Daily: Downvalley boards are sweet on Sweetwater Lake
- Vail Daily: Help us save Sweetwater Lake
- Vail Daily: Eagle Valley Land Trust launches ‘Save the Lake’ to preserve Sweetwater water, land
- Colorado Sun: Conservationists hope to tap Land and Water Conservation Fund to preserve land and water on Sweetwater
- Save the Lake Informational Flyer
The Conservation Fund (TCF) and the Eagle Valley Land Trust (EVLT) are leading a campaign to purchase Sweetwater Lake for the public before it is sold for development or extractive commercial uses. We need your help to make it happen.
The property—if the the project can be completed—will provide new public access to the iconic Sweetwater Lake and surrounding public lands. The 488-acre parcel is an important community asset, but public access was revoked after development plans for 240 homes, a hotel, and golf course failed to materialize.
Protecting Sweetwater Lake means:
- Creating new public recreational access to Sweetwater Lake for fishing, horseback riding, boating, and camping.
- Opening access to surrounding public lands including Flat Tops Wilderness, White River National Forest (the most visited National Forest in the U.S.), and the Ute trail.
- Conserving critical habitat for elk, deer, osprey, bald eagles, and other wildlife.
- Protecting the Upper Colorado Watershed
- Ensuring public access to the historic Ute Cave
TCF, a national non-profit land conservation organization, secured a contract and purchased the property from the private ownership in June of 2020. With your help, TCF, EVLT (Eagle County’s land conservation organization), and other local partners are raising money to transfer the property to the White River National Forest.
Make a pledge to the campaign (can be paid over 2-3 years)
Fill out this pledge form and mail or email it to address above.
Sweetwater Lake, Captured by Todd Winslow Pierce