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

Quick Facts

Cochetopa Creek

Beginning Elevation: 12,120 Feet (3778.1 Meters) near San Luis Peak
Ending Elevation: 7,800 Feet (2431.4 Meters) confluence with Tomichi Creek
Length: 45 Miles (75.0 Kilometers) approximate distance

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General Description

The headwaters of Cochetopa Creek lie within the La Garita Wilderness west of the Continental Divide in the La Garita Mountains. The fishing in this area is usually good to excellent for rainbow, brook and native trout.

En route to this site users will cross many small tributaries to Cochetopa Creek. Most are good fisheries particularly in the beaver dammed sections. These streams are Pauline Creek, Perfecto Creek, Stewart Creek, Chavez Creek, Nutras Creek and Los Pinos Creek.

Cochetopa Creek flows northward passed Dome Reservoir and through Cochetopa Canyon. Where State Road 114 meets Highway 50 Cochetopa Creek joins the waters of Tomichi Creek.

Directions from Gunnison: Take Highway 50 east to Highway 114. Go through Cochetopa Canyon and then turn right on Highway 114, which is marked as a National Forest Access Road. Travel about four miles, turn right to go to the Old Agency Ranger Station (BLM Route 3084) and Forest Service Road 790. An alternative to this route is to drive a few miles more and turn right immediately after Upper Dome Reservoir on Forest Service Road 794. Either road (790 or 794) will take you to the Stewart Creek Road, 794. Take the Stewart Creek Road about five miles until you see the sign for the Stewart Creek Trail at Eddiesville. Cochetopa Creek is the stream ahead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: April through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Cochetopa Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Stewart Creek Trail, Skyline Trail
ICON Plant Identification Cochetopa Creek
ICON Rivers & Streams Cochetopa Creek
ICON Viewing Scenery Cochetopa Creek

Related Activities
Skyline Trail #465 - This trail delivers the traveler to the Continental Divide. The streams provide good fishing and herds of deer and elk are often visible.

Stewart Creek Loop #470 - This trail takes the traveler along Stewart Creek. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, and elk are often seen along the trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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