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Colorado River Valley Field Office Fishing Opportunities

Public fishing opportunities exist on several streams, rivers, and lakes in the area managed by the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Three major rivers flow through this area including: the Colorado, Roaring Fork, and Eagle Rivers. The Colorado River offers over 25 miles of public fishing, mostly on the stretch of river from Dotsero to State Bridge. In addition, we manage 6.7 miles along the Eagle River between Squaw Creek (near Edwards) and its confluence with the Colorado River at Dotsero. Public lands along the Eagle River are open for fishing and there are several access points located along Highway 6. In addition to the major rivers, numerous tributaries provide public fishing opportunities. Always respect private property and ask first before fishing on private land.

Some area maps are available, please contact the our field office at (970) 876-9000 or e-mail us at Bureau of Land Management surface management maps are also available in the office, on our web site, or can be purchased over the phone with a credit card.

Anglers are subject to all Colorado state fishing regulations. Regulation booklets are available at the Colorado Division of Wildlife and at fishing license outlets throughout the State. The local Division of Wildlife office is located at 0088 Wildlife Way, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or you can call (970) 947-2920 for more information.

Colorado River: Access at South Canyon exit off I-70 just west of Glenwood Springs. Public fishing downstream for approximately 0.8 miles (rainbow and brown trout).

Deep Creek: Exit I-70 at the Dotsero exit and travel North up the Colorado River Road (County Road 301). Travel 2 miles to the Coffee Pot Road (Forest Service Road 600) which will be on the West (left). There is public fishing from the east boundary of Section 30, upstream to headwaters at Deep Lake (brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brook).

Eagle River: Several public access sections exist along Highway 6, look for Public Lands signs (primarily rainbow and brown trout).

Horse Lake/Hack Lake: Exit I-70 at the Dotsero exit and travel North up the Colorado River Road (County Road 301). Sweet water road is located 7.5 miles North of Dotsero on the West side of the road. Follow the road approximately 8 miles to Sweet Water Lake. The trail is located behind Sweet Water Lake Lodge. This Ute trail from Sweetwater Lake is approximately 3 miles to Hack Lake or 4.5 miles to Horse Lake. The trail is steep. Hack Lake has native cutthroat (catch and release encouraged) and Horse Lake has brook trout.

King Mountain: Park at Highway 131 trail head for King Mountain and walk along the road to reservoir (approximately 1 mile)(stocked with rainbow trout).

Piney River: Four wheel drive or foot access is just south of the bridge at State Bridge on the South side of the Colorado River. Turn east off Highway 131, proceed through parking area, and follow jeep road back to the southeast (approximately 1/2-mile). Public fishing is available on the Piney River upstream for about 0.7 miles (rainbow trout).

Rock Creek: Four wheel drive vehicle access available north from McCoy off Highway 131. Follow county road 29 (which turns into 4/4a) North approximately 6 miles to cinder cone mining operation, stay left of mine and follow jeep road down to creek. Public land extends downstream several hundred feet and upstream in canyon for approximately two miles.

Thompson Creek: Follow Highway 108 southeast out of Carbondale approximately five miles to Forest Service Road 305. Follow Road 305 for about 2 miles until it parallels North Thompson Creek. Public fishing upstream about 1/2-mile and downstream (via foot trail at bridge) for about 3 miles (brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brook).

Upper Colorado River: You can access this area by traveling North of Dotsero, from Interstate 70 on the Colorado River Road (County road 301). Over 25 miles of public fishing interspersed with private land between Dotsero and State Bridge. Many sections are signed for public lands. Long sections of public lands include the stretch from Red Dirt Bridge to Derby Junction as well as up and downstream of Catamount Recreation Area (brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout).

To obtain an accurate map of the area please contact the BLM at (970) 876-9000 or e-mail us at and request a free copy of the Castle Peak Area, Visitor Guide and Travel Map. Detailed BLM maps are available in the office or can be purchased over the phone with a credit card.