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Roaring Fork-Middle River Section (float fishing)

Difficulty: Class II Rapids Experienced float fishermen only.
Length: 14 Miles (23.33 Kilometers) Basalt to Carbondale
Recommended Season: Mid-May-Mid July Impassable unless there is high water.


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General Description

The Middle section of the Roaring Fork River from Basalt to Carbondale falls in elevation much less than the upper sections and offers larger runs and pools. While not offering quite as much public access as the upper river, it still is a very popular stretch of the river with flyfishers, especially in the wintertime. Due to the influence of the Fryingpan River, this water stays ice-free longer than other parts of the river. Popular with float fishermen in the early season, it usually becomes unfloatable by late July. Brown trout and mountain whitefish are more abundant in this section.

While there is not as much public access as in the upper section of the river, this section is not nearly as heavily fished by wade fishermen. Many times by fishing this area you can find some valuable seclusion.
Public Access:
Carbondale to Basalt:
1. Wheeler Lease, Sutank Bridge on north side of river to Railroad Bridge. Respect private property as posted;
2. Gianetti Lease, 90 feet east of Carbondale Bridge, south of Highway Right of Way, extending upstream on north side of river, approximately 2015 feet. Lease goes to center of the river. South side of river is private property.
3. City of Carbondale, Riverfront Park, behind Crystal Village; also along Roaring Fork River behind Days Inn Motel from Highway (3) Bridge as posted;
4. DOW Crystal River Fish Hatchery, from Hwy. 133 bridge to bridge by hatchery , both sides of river, then along east side to end of DOW property;
5. Beaver Lake State Wildlife Area, Beaver Lake, Crystal River frontage;
6. Catherine Bridge, Garfield County right-of-way, 30 feet from centerline of bridge, all sides. No agreements past this point;
7. BLM property. Watch for signs 1.5 miles east of Catherine Store on Hwy. 82. Access as posted;
8. U.S.F.S. Tree Nursery. Turn at El Jebel intersection on Valley Rd. Park and follow signs to river.



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ICON Fishing The Middle section of the Roaring Fork River from Basalt to Carbondale falls in elevation much less than the upper sections and offers larger runs and pools. While not offering quite as much public access as the upper river, it still is a very popular stretch of the river with flyfishers, especially in the wintertime. Due to the influence of the Fryingpan River, this water stays ice-free longer than other parts of the river. Popular with float fishermen in the early season, it usually becomes unfloatable by late July. Brown trout and mountain whitefish are more abundant in this section.
ICON Float Fishing Roaring Fork-Middle River Section
Yes
ICON Rafting & Kayaking The Middle section of the Roaring Fork River from Basalt to Carbondale falls in elevation much less than the upper sections of the river. While this is not the most popular section for whitewater enthusiasts, there is still plenty of good water. This is also an extremely beautiful section to float with the majestic Mt. Sopris creating a breathtaking background.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grande Pl. , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1940

Hickory House, 730 W. Main St. , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-2313

Annabelle Inn, 232 W. Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-266-2466, Fax: 970-925-3328, info@annabelleinn.com

Aspen Alps, 700 Ute Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-711-0522, Fax: 970-920-2522

Aspen Meadows Resort, 845 Meadows Road , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 800-452-4240 or 800-452-4240

Aspen Mountain Lodge, 311 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-7650 or 800-362-7736, Fax: 970-925-5744, aml@aspenmountainlodge.com

Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, 617 East Cooper Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1000 or 800-470-0530

Hotel Aspen, 110 Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 888-738-8492, info@hotelaspen.com

Hotel Durant, 122 East Durant , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-438-7268 or 970-925-8500, Fax: 970-925-8789

Hotel Jerome, 330 East Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-916-5430 , Fax: 970-920-2050, jerome.info@aubergeresorts.com

Independence Square Hotel/Frias Properties, 404 S. Galena Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 800-542-7736, Fax: 970-925-2006

Inn at Aspen/Aspen Administrative Office, 38750 Highway 82 , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1500 or 844-997-8727, aspeninfo@wynvr.com

Limelight Hotel, 355 S. Monarch Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 855-925-3025 or 970-925-3025, Fax: 970-925-5120, info@limelighthotel.com

Molly Gibson Lodge, 101 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3434 or 888-271-2304, Fax: 970-925-2582, info@mollygibson.com

Mountain Chalet Aspen, 333 East Durant Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-7797, Fax: 888-925-7798, res@mca.travel

Residence Hotel, 305 S Galena St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-315-2977, reservations@aspenresidence.com

Residences at the Little Nell, 675 E. Durant Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 855-420-9009 or (970) 920-4600, STAY@THELITTLENELL.COM

Sky Hotel, 709 E. Durant Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6760 or 800-882-2582, Fax: 970-925-6778

Snow Queen Lodge, 124 E. Cooper Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81623, Phone: 970-925-8455, Fax: 970-925-7391, sqlodge@rof.net

St. Moritz Lodge & Condominiums , 334 W. Hyman Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3220 or 800-817-2069, Fax: 970-920-4032, info@stmoritzlodge.com

The Crestwood Condominiums, 400 Wood Road , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-2450 or 800-356-5949, res@thecrestwood.com

The Gant, 610 S W End Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-5000, Fax: 970-925-6891

The Innsbruck, 233 W. Main St. , Aspen, colorado, 81611, Phone: 866-925-2980

The Little Nell Hotel, 675 E. Durant Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-920-4600, Concierge@thelittlenell.com

Tyrolean Lodge, 200 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-4595 or 888-220-3809, Fax: 970-925-4598, stay@tyroleanlodge.com

Asie, 413 Main St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81623, Phone: 970-920-9988

Brexi Brasserie, 411 S. Monarch St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-2838, Fax: 970-429-4348

Gwyn's High Alpine Restaurant, P.O. Box 6400 , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-5188

Grateful Deli, 223 E. Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6647

New York Pizza, 409 E. Hyman Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-920-3088

Sam's Smokehouse, On Mountain , Snowmass Mountain, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-8686

Stew Pot, 62 Elbert Lane , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-2263

Taster's Aspen, 455 Rio Grande Pl , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1952

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