Vail wants to clear Gore Creek’s banks |

Vail wants to clear Gore Creek’s banks

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL. Colorado ” Take a look down the banks of Gore Creek in Vail, Colorado, and you might spot lawn furniture, basketball hoops, or a grassy lawn all the way down stream’s rocky banks.

That’s a problem, said Vail town officials, who are working to get the creek’s banks cleared off.

“The stream is one of the greatest amenities of the town, and we need to take care of it,” said Vail Town Councilman Farrow Hitt.

The town sent out notices earlier last year asking property owners to clear the public portion of the banks, but many residents are still using more of the bank than they should.

Now, the town may hire surveyor to map the stream’s “tract” and determine where the creek’s public and private boundaries are. The information would help the town

enforce the stream’s legal setbacks and keep the stream safe and in good condition.

The creek has a “Gold Medal Trout Status,” according to the town, a designation that brings many fishermen to Vail in the summer.

The town is still discussing whether to request bids on the mapping work from surveyors.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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