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Fishing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Italian Creek

Beginning Elevation: 12,900 Feet (4021.2 Meters) approximate
Ending Elevation: 9,700 Feet (3023.7 Meters) confluence Taylor River
Length: 7.5 Miles (12.5 Kilometers) approximately
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle

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General Description

Italian creek joins the Taylor River from the west just north of Pothole Reservoirs in North Taylor Park. The headwaters start near 11,700 feet above the Star Mine (private) and flow easterly. As with most drainages in Taylor Park, the region includes open cattle range. Beaver Ponds intermix with this three to four-foot wide stream. Italian Creek supports brook, brown and rainbow trout and the fishing is rated as excellent. Heavy willows and marshy spots make shore fishing difficult.

Directions from Almont: Take Taylor River Road north of the reservoir, a short distance past Pot Hole Lakes, to Italian Creek Road. Italian Creek Road follows Italian Creek.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through Early October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Italian Creek
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Italian Creek Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Italian Creek Road
ICON Rivers & Streams Italian Creek

Related Activities
Dorchester Campground - Dorchester Campground is popular with off-road vehicle users. A lengthy network of motorized trails leads from the Castle Creek Valley to Taylor Reservoir.

Taylor Pass Road #761 - Taylor Pass Road climbs from Taylor Park to Taylor Pass (11,928 feet). Access to the pass may be obtained from Ashcroft or Taylor Park.

Tellurium Road #584 - This road accesses Tellurium Creek and dead ends at a vista of the surrounding area. It is contained within a thin arm of Forest Service land surrounded by the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness on three sides.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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