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Quick Facts

Colorado-Middle River Section

Recommended Season: April-November Fishing is good except during the spring run-off, and from December to early March when the water freezes over.




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General Description

Below the town of Kremmling the Colorado cuts through the spectacular Gore Canyon, dropping dramatically some 50 river miles until it meets the Eagle river at Dotsero. It's best to float the lower end of Gore Canyon, as there are seven good drift sections from Pump house to Dotsero. But this is not easy water to negotiate. Get a qualified guide if you want to drift the canyon.
If you want seclusion, try the water up in the canyon above Pump house, which is often neglected. It's a tough trail and should be considered only by the young at heart. The payoff, however, is pristine water that changes character around every bend.
A drawback to this middle section is during spring runoff when siltation from aptly named muddy creek makes the fishing spotty. A new dam on this creek may eliminate some of the problem. Also, June - August lots of rafters take this trip and add to the crowd.
This section of the Colorado has Brown and Rainbow trout, Colorado River and whitefish. With over 50 miles of scenic river and relatively light fishing pressure, this section of the Colorado River is truly an undiscovered gem.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Generally, anytime before or after Spring run-off is good. July - October offers the best fly fishing. Cloudy days bring out the better fish. The middle part of the Colorado River, in slow sections, freezes over December to Early March) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing This is a dramatic and beautiful section of the river that can offer some great fishing. It's best to float the lower end of Gore Canyon, as there are seven good drift sections from Pump house to Dotsero. But this is not easy water to negotiate. Get a qualified guide if you want to drift the canyon. If you want seclusion, try the water up in the canyon above Pump house, which is often neglected. It's a tough trail and should be considered only by the young at heart. The payoff, however, is pristine water that changes character around every bend.
ICON Rafting & Kayaking The Middle Section of the Colorado River is extremely popular with whitewater enthusiasts. This section offers mainly Class II - II rapids. The famed Gore Canyon is also in this section and offers the ultimate in sport for the whitewater expert with Class V water and several mandatory portages.



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Visitor Information:

Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau , Grand Junction, CO, , Phone: 800-962-2547

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