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Fishing: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Columbine Ranger District

Quick Facts

Florida River

Usage: Light to Moderate Heavy at Upper Lemon Day Use and Florida Campground

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General Description

Above Transfer Park Campground, the river goes into the Weminuche Wilderness. Here it is accessible by horseback or foot traveling on the Burnt Timber Trail and taking some smaller trails to the river. There is also some access below the Lemon Dam. The climb down to the river is steep and you can only fish for about 1/8 mile until you reach private land. Toilets and trash receptacles available at Upper Lemon Day Use Area.

Types of fish include Brook Trout and Kokanee Salmon. Snagging for Kokanee Salmon is prohibited except above Lemon Reservoir from Sept. 1 through Jan. 31.

Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: Travel 11.0 miles north on County Road 501, then 3.0 miles Northwest on County Road 240, then 5.0 miles North on County Road 243. This will take you to the upper Lemon Day Use Area where 1/2 a mile of stream fishing is available where the river empties into Lemon Reservoir. Travel 2.0 more miles north (past the private land where fishing is not allowed without landowners permission) to Florida Campground. The stream is accessible from Florida Campground and north for 2.5 miles by trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Spring through Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
No Current Conditions entered Updated: 2003-09-03 12:18:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Florida River

Related Activities
Florida Campground - Florida Campground is four miles north of Miller Creek above the reservoir. Colorado blue spruce, Douglas fir, and aspen dominate the area.

Florida Group Site - Florida Group Campground, which is just beyond the regular camping area, can be reserved through the reservation center by large groups. The campground accommodates up to 65 people, with six double picnic tables, a buffet table, and four fire grates.

Miller Creek Campground - Miller Creek Campground, about two miles north of the dam, has a concrete boat ramp at its north end. Eleven campsites offer a choice of sun or shade, and an asphalt road surface helps keep the dust down.

Miller Creek Picnic Ground - A footbridge leads across Miller Creek up the hillside toward the main road, to a shady roadside picnic area. This is the only picnic area on Lemon Reservoir.

Transfer Group Picnic Ground - The group picnic area has five double tables, a large group area, a serving table, and cooking grills, as well as a large fire pit and amphitheater, ideal for evening storytelling. Smaller, free family picnic sites are also available.

Transfer Park Campground - Transfer Park Campground, at 8,600 feet, is a mile up the road from Florida Campground. The campground is 11 acres and offers cool settings under mixed conifers and small aspens.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, 111 South Camino Del Rio , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 800-463-8726, Fax: 970-385-7884, durango@frontier.net


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