Save The Lake


Sweetwater Lake successfully transferred to the White River National Forest!


Save The Lake in the press:


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 The 488-acre parcel is an important community asset, but public access was revoked after development plans for 240 homes, a hotel, and golf course failed to materialize.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.

See answers to frequently asked questions here

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Sweetwater Lake, Captured by Todd Winslow Pierce