Project Active

2012 – Present

Hat Creek – Hat Creek Ditch

A permanent acquisition project that restores flow to a unique mountain stream near Eagle, Colorado.

Through 2022, the Hat Creek Ditch Project has restored over

billion gallons


of water to Hat Creek and East Brush Creek.

How Did This Project Come to Us?:

Vail Associates acquired property along Hat Creek which was conveyed to the Forest Service. Upon request from the Forest Service, Hat Creek water rights were conveyed to Colorado Water Trust to support instream flows and native cutthroat trout habitat on the river. 

Tools Used:

Instream Flow Water Acquisition (Irrigation rights on the creek were changed into instream flow use, leaving the only remaining water use on Hat Creek an instream flow.)

Project Partners:

Colorado Water Conservation Board, Vail Associates, United States Forest Service, Western Land Group, Town of Eagle

Project Years:

The water rights were permanently changed in 2012.


  • Photo Credit: Scott Hummer
Use the flow dashboard below to learn about the operations of the Hat Creek Ditch project, and just how much water has been restored to Hat Creek over the project’s lifetime. Just click or hover over the graphs below to learn more!

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