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Chapman Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Chapman Campground is located adjacent to the Fryingpan River. If you are an angler, the lower Fryingpan is classified as a gold medal water by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Chapman Group Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Chapman Campground is located adjacent to the Fryingpan River and Chapman Dam. If you are an angler, the lower Fryingpan is classified as a gold medal water by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Colorado River Colorado River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
Although normally thought of as a destination for whitewater sport, the Colorado River can have exeptional fishing, and gets relatively little pressure.
Colorado-Lower River Section Colorado River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
From Grizzly Creek to Rifle, the Colorado receives relatively light pressure. Floating is the best way to cover this water. This section of river has many different faces, from the high walls of Glenwood Canyon to wide open spaces surrounding the river past Glenwood Springs.
Colorado-Middle River Section Colorado River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
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.
Colorado-Upper River Section Colorado River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Upper section of the Colorado from Hot Sulphur Springs to Kremmling and the Williams Fork is not as big and mighty as stretches farther downstream. In comparison this section probably fishes better than the others and there are plenty of State Wildlife access areas and parking. In all the Upper Section of the Colorado River is a great example of a large and long Western-type fishing stream.
Crystal Mill Site Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Crystal Mill is considered by some to be one of the most photographed sites in Colorado. The mill is one of the remains of the mining economy that fueled settlement of the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado.
Crystal River Crystal River
Crystal River Crystal River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Crystal River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the west, tumbling more than 35 miles through scenic terrain to join the Roaring Fork River two miles below Carbondale.
Dearhamer Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Dearhamer is 32 miles east of Carbondale. It is located on the Fryingpan River and east of Ruedi Reservoir at an elevation of 7,800 ft.
Deep Lake Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Deep Lake is a natural 37 acre lake at an elevation of 10,462 feet. Nonmotorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted on this cold water lake.
Eagle/Thomasville Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road is not a four wheel drive road, but is very dangerous and slippery when wet. Do not drive on it if rain is in the forecast or it has recently rained!
East Elk Creek Trail Rifle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail offers a unique journey through the steep and narrow canyon of East Elk Creek.
Flat Tops Wilderness (Eagle District Section) Flat Tops Wilderness (Eagle District Section),
Colorado Wilderness Areas
The Flat Tops Wilderness is located in northwest Colorado. It is divided into three administrative sections: the Blanco District, the Eagle District and the Yampa District. The Eagle District administers the southeast portion of the wilderness.
Freeman Mesa Day Use Area Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Freeman Mesa Day Use Area is located on the north shore of Ruedi Reservoir at an elevation of 7,800 ft. It provides access to water sports on the reservoir and land sports on the surrounding terrain.
Fryingpan Lakes Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Beginning at Nast (Horseshoe Bend), the trail is a fairly easy climb and parallels the Fryingpan River for nine miles until it reaches the lakes.
Fryingpan River Fryingpan River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
This stretch of the river is considered to be some of the finest trout water in the West.
Geneva Lake Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The easy accessibility of the lake makes it one of the most popular and therefore, one of the most heavily used trails on the district. The trail is moderately steep and has some good views of the surrounding mountains.
Glenwood Canyon Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This paved trail is a great way to enjoy spectacular Glenwood Canyon.
Grizzly Creek Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This easily accessible trail just off I-70 provides views of a portion of spectacular, Glenwood Canyon.
Heart Lake Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
480 acre Heart Lake sits on the Flat Tops, northwest of Eagle, at an elevation of 10,708 feet.
Holy Cross Wilderness (Eagle District Section) Holy Cross Wilderness (Eagle District Section),
Colorado Wilderness Areas
The Eagle Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southeast of Eagle. The different trails are accessed from either East Brush Creek or Lake Creek.
LEDE Reservoir Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This 27 acre, 32 foot deep reservoir, sits at the top of the Gypsum Creek valley, at an elevation of 9,520 feet .
Little Mattie Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Little Mattie is 25 miles east of Carbondale. It is located on Reudi Reservoir at an elevation of 7,800 ft.
Meadow Lake Rifle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Meadow Lake is located 25 miles north of New Castle approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive on 2-wheel drive roads (in good weather). Meadow Lake offers camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, 4-wheel driving and vistas.
Middle Lake Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Middle Lake is a 9.6 acre glacial pothole at an elevation of 11,120 feet in the Holy Cross Wilderness.
Nast Trailhead Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The trailhead marks the beginning of the trail to Nast Lake, a popular site for fishermen.
Nolan Lake Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Nolan Lake is a 7 acre glacial tarn, at 11,240 feet, in the Holy Cross Wilderness southeast of Eagle.
Rifle Ranger District Rifle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Rifle Ranger District of the White River National Forest is located around the town of Rifle, west of Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork River Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Upper section of the Roaring Fork River is the narrowest and fastest section of the river with the most vertical drop. The fishing is characterized by mostly riffle water with the occasional pool and run. These fish while not the largest in the river can many times be the most aggressive.
Roaring Fork River Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Gold Medal water section of the Roaring Fork runs from the confluence with the Crystal River to the confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork River Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Roaring Fork River is a freestone river that has many different faces as it travels throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. It originates on Independence Pass and culminates at the confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork-Lower River Section (float fishing) Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
The Gold Medal water section of the Roaring Fork runs from the confluence with the Crystal River to the confluence with the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs.
Roaring Fork-Middle River Section Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
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.
Roaring Fork-Middle River Section (float fishing) Roaring Fork River,
Colorado Rivers & Streams
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.
Ruedi Boat Ramp & Picnic Ground Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Ruedi Boat Ramp and Picnic Ground is located adjacent to Little Maud, Little Mattie and Mollie B Campgrounds, near the west end of Ruedi Reservoir.
Ruedi Reservoir Ruedi Reservoir Recreation facilities around the lake consist of four campgrounds accommodating 81 campsites and two boat-launching ramps. The lake covers about 997 acres and is approximately 5 miles long.
Spring Creek Trail Rifle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is fairly steep but provides access up the main section of Spring Creek.
Sweetwater Lake Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Sweetwater is a natural 72 acre lake at 7,709 feet , popular for fishing, boating and camping.
Sylvan Lake Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Sylvan Lake, a 40 acre lake at 8,510 feet, offers non motorized boating opportunities, good fishing for brook and rainbow trout, and panoramic views of the surrounding alpine scenery.
Three Forks Trail Rifle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The trail follows Three Forks Creek, with a number of crossings and beaver ponds along the way. The ridgetop offers an outstanding view of the East Rifle Creek drainage.
White Owl Lake Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
White Owl is a 21 acre natural lake located on the Flat Tops at an elevation of 10,680 feet.
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