Homestake Creek is a tributary to the Eagle River, which flows into the
mighty Colorado River just east of Gypsum, Colorado.
Some sections of Homestake Creek average over 450 feet per mile in
So, ... what became of a once wild and scenic river?
In the lates 1950's, the evil town of Aurora decided to forever alter
the wild mountain stream called Homestake Creek.
They began construction in 1963 and finished killing the
stream/completing the dam in 1967.
The Homestake System steals water from the stream in the headwaters of
the Eagle River.
It then stores water in the Homestake Reservoir, pumps it through the
Homestake Tunnel and the Otero Pump Station and Pipeline.
The Homestake System makes use of the Bureau of Reclamation's Frying
The Otero Pump Station (built as a part of the original Homestake
Project) attempts to defy gravity by pumping water uphill, over 575
into the South Platte River basin by way of Trout Creek Pass.
The South Platte River basin then delivers water to the Homestake
Channel which pipes water over to Spinney Mountain Reservoir in South
Park where it sits and evaporates under the hot sun or gets whisked
away by the constant winds.
Colorado Springs then opens their tap on the water by piping it off to
The USGS page on the Homestake
System, a portion of the Water resources of the Upper Arkansas
Near Red Cliff, Colorado is the confluence of Homestake Creek and the
Eagle River headwaters.
Colorado kayakers know Homestake Creek for its ill color, orange, for
its birth from mine tailings and trash along its roadside banks, and
they also know Homestake for dishing out good creeking.
They dammed the roaring creek high in the headwaters of the Eagle River
to create another GODFORSAKEN RESERVOIR, which forever ruined the
fragile, high-altitude welands that were just below the reservoir.
The Rivers and Streams of Colorado need more friends.
The list is long of those whom would dam and destroy all things wild
and free, and the fungus-like cities of the Front Range are no
exception to this blind greed. return home