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Roaring Fork River

Handicapped Accessible: Access Ramp Veltus Park, public water 1/3 mile.
Recommended Season: Year-round The river flows year round, and fishing can be good.


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General Description

The lower Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has its last major tributary, the Crystal river, enter just below Carbondale. From here downstream to the confluence with the Colorado River, the river falls the least amount, and is the most popular stretch with the floating fisherman. The water slows and widens, and although larger than in any of its other sections, often seems tamer and more manageable. Hatches start in this part of river sooner, but usually do not last as long. The largest fish of the entire Roaring Fork live in this stretch, with several fish over 10 pounds having been landed in the last few years.

Public Access:
Glenwood to Carbondale:
1. Veltus Park on west side of river; Handicap access ramp;
2. City of Glenwood Property on east side of river, between 17th and 18th streets;
3. Sunlight Bridge east side of river from bridge to Berthod Motors (Garfield County property;
4. Glenwood Park Subdivision from park at entrance down Three Mile Creek on both sides to confluence of Roaring Fork River, upstream on south side of Roaring Fork River to last house in Glenwood Park Subdivision and downstream from Three-mile Creek on the south side of Roaring Fork River for approximately 200 yards;
5. City of Glenwood at airport, south end of airport runway, south along the Roaring Fork on the west side for approximately 1/3 mile;
6. West Bank Bridge, Garfield County property, both sides of the bridge, both sides of the river; then upstream on north side of river to centerline of river as posted.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing The lower Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has its last major tributary, the Crystal river, enter just below Carbondale. From here downstream to the confluence with the Colorado River, the river falls the least amount, and is the most popular stretch with the floating fisherman.
ICON Float Fishing The best way to fish the lower Roaring Fork River is by floating it. The water slows and widens and, although larger than in any of its other sections, often seems tamer and more manageable. This is the easiest section to float, as there are the least amounts of obstacles, and the boat passes good spots slowly in comparison to the upper sections.
ICON Fishing Roaring Fork-Lower River Section
Yes
ICON Rafting & Kayaking The lower Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has its last major tributary, the Crystal river, enter just below Carbondale. From here downstream to the confluence with the Colorado River, the river falls the least amount. The water slows and widens, and although larger than in any of its other sections, often seems tamer and more manageable.



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Visitor Information:

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

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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

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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

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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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