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Agate Creek Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This creek is easily accessible from Agate Creek Trail that leads to its headwaters. The creek has rainbow, brook and native trout (at the higher elevations).
Alta Lakes Campground Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Alta Lakes dispersed camping site is located approximately ten miles south of Telluride next to the ghost town of Alta Lakes.
Baldy Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Fishing at Baldy Lake is a gamble because of the short seasons and finicky fish, but if your lucky you could land one of the one and a half pounders that live there.
Beaver Ponds Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
These beautiful ponds are surrounded with aspen trees and scenic views. The fishing is rated as fair.
Big Blue Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Big Blue Campground is located 19 miles northwest of Lake City, Colorado. Visitors to this site will enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding and backpacking.
Big Blue Creek Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The headwaters of Big Blue Creek begin in the Uncompahgre Wilderness and flow northward to the Gunnison River. The stream is clear and cold. Brook trout are plentiful, although they are relatively small.
Blue Lakes Trail Ouray Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail provides spectacular alpine scenery and good fishing are the primary attractions of this area.
Boulder Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Boulder Lake lies immediately south of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness boundary. It can be accessed via a steep climb on a spur trail from the Fossil Ridge Trail.
Bowman Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Bowman Creek is small (three to six feet in width) yet swift. It supports small brook and brown trout.
Brush Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Brush Creek begins in the Elk Mountains and flows into the East River on the eastern flanks of Mt. Crested Butte.
Castle Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Castle Creek joins Ohio Creek approximately six miles south of Ohio Pass. This creek supports brook trout, brown trout and fair fishing.
Cataract Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This alpine lake can be accessed on horse or foot only. Because of Cataract Lake's high elevation, fishing in it varies every year, but it is reported to be good at times.
Cebolla Creek Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mill Creek forms the headwaters of Cebolla Creek southeast of Lake City. These streams have good populations of rainbow and brook trout and are easily accessible.
Cement Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Cement Creek source lies on Mount Tilton in the Elk Mountains east of Crested Butte. It offers good fishing of brown and brook trout.
Cochetopa Creek Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Cochetopa Creek is easy to access with good to excellent fishing. The headwaters are described here. They lie within or adjacent to the La Garita Wilderness.
Copper Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Copper Creek is swift and fast with small Brook trout. Access along creek by foot or horse only.
Copper Lake Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This is a high-alpine lake that supports snake river cutthroat and rainbow trout. The fishing is rated as fair.
Costo Lake Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This beautiful lake lies in the West Elk Wilderness. It is a good destination for a pack trip.
Crystal Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Crystal Lake lies northwest of Lake City along the Crystal Lake Trail. The hike to Crystal Lake is difficult. Fishing for brook and rainbow trout varies from fair to good.
Deer Lakes Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Deer Lakes are a series of small, easily accessible, man-made reservoirs offering good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout.
East River Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The East River headwaters begin near Emerald Lake north of Gothic. It provides 35 miles of fishing water before joining the Taylor River in Almont.
Emerald Lake Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Emerald Lake is an alpine lake of twelve surface acres, that supports small rainbow trout. It is situated in a scenic valley with a picnic area on its northern shore.
Hope Lake Trail Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Hope Lake Trail leads south from Forest Road 627 through Poverty Gulch to Hope Lake. This is a very easy hiking trail making it popular for families.
Italian Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This creek originates high in the southeastern Elk Mountains. The fishing is rated as excellent.
Lake Irwin Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This beautiful alpine lake is easily accessed and supports rainbow and brook trout in thirty surface acres of water.
Lake Irwin Picnic Ground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Lake Irwin Picnic Ground is especially with anglers. Most summer days visitors can see fish biting insects on the surface of the lake.
Lamphier Lakes Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Lamphier Lakes lie high in an alpine valley of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness. Because of the high altitude, the fishing in these lakes varies day to day. Native cutthroat and rainbow trout can be found here.
Larson Lakes Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Larson Lakes lie four miles from the Old Lake City Cemetery on Larson Lakes Trail, 236. The hike to Larson Lakes is of moderate difficulty. Fishing for brook and rainbow trout is often good at this site.
Lottis Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This stream supports rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout and good fishing.
Marshall Creek Drainage Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Marshall Creek headwaters begin near Marshall Pass on the Continental Divide. They flow westward to join the waters of Tomichi Creek. The creek contains rainbow, brook and brown trout.
McDonough Reservoir Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
McDonough Reservoir is located west of Cochetopa Canyon and the old Ute Agency Center. This man-made reservoir has rainbow, brook and brown trout up to 12 inches long.
Mill Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mill Creek offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the West Elk Wilderness as well as, a well defined trail to it's headwaters.
Mill Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mill Lake lies at an elevation of 11,720 feet. The fishing can vary dramatically from hour to hour, but fish of 18 inches have been caught at this site.
Mirror Lake Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mirror Lake lies at 11,000 feet immediately west of the Continental Divide. brook and rainbow trout inhabit this clear lake.
Needle Creek Reservoir Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Needle Creek Reservoir was developed in 1962 as an irrigation holding area. It has good fishing with rainbows and brook trout averaging ten to eleven inches.
Oh-Be-Joyful Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This beautiful small stream is six to eight feet in width, offering Brook trout. Beautiful scenic country. The fishing is rated as fair.
Pot Hole Lakes Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Pot Hole lakes lie close to 10,000 feet on the Taylor River north of Taylor Reservoir. They are heavily stocked due to easy accessibility.
Ptarmigan Lake Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This lake, located above 12,000 feet, offers rainbow trout and good fishing.
Quartz Creek Drainage Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Quartz Creek flows from the Continental Divide to Tomichi Creek near Parlin. This stream and surrounding drainages have rainbow, brook, brown and native (cutthroat) trout.
Ridgway State Park Ridgway State Park,
Colorado State Parks
This site is one of the most modern facilities in the state park system.
Slate River Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This small river supports brook, brown and rainbow trout, but the fishing is rated as poor. Regardless, the surrounding terrain is beautifully rugged with many recreation opportunities.
Slate River Road #734 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road follows Slate River and then continues to the White River National Forest.
Soap Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
An inlet of the Reservoir allows both Reservoir and creek fishing for rainbow, brook, cutthroat and brown trout. The fishing is rated as good.
Spring Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Spring Creek originates on the southwestern flanks of American Flag Mountain in the Elk Mountain Range. It's waters flow southward to Spring Creek Reservoir and on to the Taylor River.
Spring Creek Reservoir Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Spring Creek Reservoir lies immediately west of Taylor Park Reservoir amidst 10,000 and 11,000 foot peaks. This lake supports rainbow and brown trout and fair fishing.
Sunshine Campground Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Sunshine Campground is located southwest of Telluride along Highway 145. It lies at an elevation of 9,500 feet.
Taylor Lake Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This lake supports Brook trout, but is rated as having poor fishing.
Tellurium Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The upper stretches of Tellurium Creek contain brook trout and a few brown trout inhabit the lower stretches. The fishing is rated as fair.
Texas Creek Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Deep pools and riffles support Rainbows, Browns, and Brook trout. The fishing is rated as good.
Texas Creek Lakes Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
These four lakes are fed by Texas Creek and are centrally located between the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary and Taylor Park Reservoir in Taylor Park.
Tomichi Creek Drainage Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Tomichi Creek begins on the west of the Continental Divide between Pitkin and Sargents, Colorado. It has rainbow and brook trout in its upper, faster moving waters. The slower waters have German Brown.
Twin Lakes Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Twin Lakes are located within the southeastern boundary of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. The lakes support rainbow trout with the fishing rated as poor.
Woods Lake Campground Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Woods Lake Campground is temporarily closed and scheduled to reopen 8/99. It is located west of Telluride and south of Sawpit, at an elevation of 9,400 feet.
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