Fishing usage is heavy on the lower portion and moderate on the upper portion.
Fish include Brook, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, and Kokanee Salmon. From the inlet of Vallecito Reservoir upstream, snagging of Kokanee Salmon is prohibited except from Nov. 15 through Jan. 31. From the Weminuche Wilderness Boundary (fence at the north end of the campground) to the headwaters, fishing by artificial flies and lures only.
Most of the creek is located in the Weminuche Wilderness which is accessible only by foot and horseback. There is limited parking for the heavily used Vallecito Creek Trail, a major access point for the wilderness, at the north end of the campground. Parking is available in the trailhead parking area or picnic area. Parking in the trailhead parking area, horse unloading area and Squirrel day use area is free of charge; however, the camping fee is required any time a campsite is occupied.
The Vallecito Campground is one of the largest and most popular on the Forest. The campground is adjacent to Vallecito Creek and the Weminuche Wilderness. At 8,000 feet, its 80 sites in four loops are shaded by stately conifers. Most sites are large and fairly level. The few by the creek are quickly occupied. Stores in the area have fishing license, tackle and other supplies. Service stations, restaurants and other lodging available nearby.