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Fishing: Colorado > White River National Forest > Blanco Ranger District

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Surprise Lake

Elevation: 11,128 Feet (3468.8 Meters)
Size: 9 Surface Acres

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General Description

Surprise Lake
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Surprise Lake
Surprise Lake offers Cutthroat Trout fishing.

Directions from Meeker: 51 miles east of Meeker take State Highway 13 for 1 mile, turn right onto County Road 8 for 39 miles, then turn right on the Trappers Lake Road. From the Trappers Lake Outlet parking area take the Stillwater Trail #1814 for 3 miles. Then head south for 3 miles on a trail that is not maintained.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-05-26 17:46:00.0

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've been on this trip several times. The hike up from cataract creek is fairly rugged, with some steep climbs. I've alway done it with packs, so that makes it a bit harder. Its a good stop off place for trips furter into Eaglesnest, and a good loop via upper cataract. I love this little trip. Fish are small, but easy to catch. Sometimes there are more people there than you would like to see, but its fine

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Fish Species: Cutthroat Trout
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Surprise Lake

Related Activities
Stillwater Trail - Views of Chinese Wall are available as this trail passes Trappers Lake, follows Cabin Creek to Chinese Wall trail until reaching the Stillwater trail at it destination.


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