Lake Estes Fishing Map
- The Big Thompson River flows out of Lake Estes and follows US 34 through Drake and down to Loveland. The river offers plenty of 10 to 12-inch brown and rainbow trout for anglers and is a favorite spot for fly-fishers in July and August. Avoid the river in the winter months, though, - it's often very cold and difficult to fish.
- Lake Estes is located on the west end of Estes Park between US 34 from Fort Collins and US 36 from Boulder and Denver. With roughly 185 surface acres of water, the lake teems with rainbow trout stocked regularly by the Colorado Department of Wildlife.
- The nearby Lake Estes marina sells fishing licenses, which are required for anglers 16 and older at the lake, and rents boats from kayaks to pontoons. A launch site is also available for those who bring their own boats, but hours for power boating are limited, so be sure to check ahead if your watercraft is motorized.
- Take a break from fishing to enjoy the lake's many picnic and barbecue areas or play a game of volleyball or horseshoes. The marina also rents bikes for the Lake Estes trail.
- Make sure you hit the lake in the spring and summer though; all facilities are closed in the winter.
Places to Stay & Fun things to Do
THE ONLY LOG CABINS IN ESTES PARK; all with woodburning fireplaces and lofts. Full kitchens, knotty pine interiors, cable TV. Riverside hot tub. 5 minutes to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.
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Estes Park, Colorado includes: Drake