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

Quick Facts

Big Blue Creek

Beginning Elevation: 12,500 Feet (3896.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,700 Feet (2712.0 Meters) Blue Creek
Length: 25 Miles (41.67 Kilometers) approximate
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall

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General Description

The headwaters of Big Blue Creek lie near 12,500 feet in the Uncompahgre Wilderness. The first twelve miles (approximate length) of Big Blue Creek flow northward through the wilderness and can be accessed from Big Blue Trail, 232. North of the wilderness area it can be accessed from Alpine Trail, 225, for about three miles. After leaving the lands of the Uncompahgre Forest, Big Blue Creek flows northward to contribute to the waters of the Gunnison River.

Slide Lake, a natural lake formed by a rock slide across Big Blue Creek in the 1940s, lies five miles south of Big Blue Trailhead in the Uncompahgre Wilderness. It offers good fishing for brook and rainbow trout in early summer and fall. The creek itself clear and cold. Brook trout are plentiful in this stream, although they are relatively small.

Directions from Lake City: Take Colorado Highway 149 north toward Gunnison about ten miles. Turn left onto the Alpine Forest Access Road, 868. Take that road about five miles past the Alpine Plateau Road, 867, to Big Blue Campground (approximately nine miles from the highway). Big Blue Creek stretches for several miles north and south of the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: April through November .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Big Blue Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Big Blue Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Big Blue Trail
ICON Plant Identification Big Blue Creek
ICON Rivers & Streams Big Blue Creek
ICON Viewing Scenery Big Blue Creek

Related Activities
Alpine Trail - The trail switches back and forth steeply many times to climb to the flat top ridges of High Mesa and Big Park. The travel time by horse is about 2 days.

Big Blue Campground - Big Blue Campground is located 19 miles northwest of Lake City, Colorado. Visitors to this site will enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding and backpacking.

Big Blue Trail - This trail offers good fishing and spectacular, high-alpine views but can be crowded during the summer months.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Ouray County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 145 , Ouray, CO, 81427, Phone: 800-228-1876


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