South Park Fishing Map
Fish in Colorado's Trout Capital
Fishing in Park County is one of the best places to find trout in Colorado; catch rainbow, brown, native cutthroat, brook, cutbow, snake river fine-spotted cutthroat, and splake trout everywhere you find water in Park County. Fairplay is known as The Trout Capital of Colorado; the middle section of the South Platte River has Gold Medal Fishing.
South Park River Public Fishing Access
Teter-Michigan Creek State Wildlife Area - Located about 5-miles north of Jefferson off CR 37, Jefferson Lake has no boating access. Fishing is accessible along most of Jefferson Creek, feeding into Jefferson Lake. Access to Michigan Creek is along County Roads 35 and 54. 2-miles of small streams, channels, and deep pools with brown trout. From County Road 33 to Forest Road 801 is the fishable stretch of North Tarryall Creek; fish in small stream and beaver ponds with abundant Brook trout.
Tomahawk Ranch State Wildlife Area - Start at Colorado 9 Bridge, about 5 miles north of Hartsel, and fish downstream to where the Middle Fork meets with the South Fork of the South Platte River. There is no boating along the river and you must only use artificial flies & lures.
Badger Basin State Wildlife Area - Fish along the South Fork of the South Platte River through Hartsel and along the Middle Fork of the South Platte River for rainbow and brown trout. There is no boating on the river and you must only use artificial flies & lures.
Rough & Tumbling Creek - Located southwest of Fairplay along the Upper South Fork of the South Platte River, you'll have fun fishing for brook and native cutthroat trout. There is no boating along this creek and there is only about 1.5 miles of public fishing access. The roads to get to this area are not made for standard vehicles; you'll want to drive an ATV or 4-wheel drive vehicle.
South Park Lake Public Fishing Access
Montgomery Reservoir - An 80-acre lake sitting about 11 miles north of Fairplay has some excellent high alpine fishing. There is no boating allowed on the reservoir, only fish from the shoreline. Ice fishing is allowed December 1 through May 31.
Fairplay Beach - Less than a minute from downtown Main St in Fairplay is Fairplay Beach. There is no boating here and ironically no swimming either but plenty of fishing. Fairplay is known as the "Fishing Capital of Colorado" because anglers are hooked on this area.
Weston Pass - Known as the headwaters of the South Fork of the South Platte River, this area has a small stream and beaver ponds full brook trout. Located several miles southwest of Fairplay along CR 22. Note: This area is for the backcountry angler. You'll want to wear waders or at least shoes that are tied tight since it can be really muddy.
Antero Reservoir - Located about 24-miles south of Fairplay, this reservoir has a wide variety of fish to catch. Motorized boats are allowed on the reservoir. You can also ice fish in the winter months.
Spinney Mountain State Wildlife Area - Starting at the confluence of the Middle & South Forks of the Platte River and continuing downstream to Spinney Mountain Reservoir, this area has high-quality fishing; this also means restrictive regulations on how much you can bag and the style of fishing. There is boating allowed on the reservoir but keep in mind it can get pretty hazardous if the wind picks up. Ice fishing is not allowed on the reservoir; the park is closed from mid-November to mid-April. Note: a state park pass is required to fish here.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
AAA 2-Diamond Inn on the edge of Fairplay. Western motel rooms are beautiful and large. RV Park with extra large, level and groomed sites. Affordable Winter Rates: on an all-weather Highway. Indoor hot tub.
More Activities & Information
Bailey & Pine Area, Colorado includes: Conifer, Grant, Pine, Shawnee
Park County, Colorado includes: Alma, Como, Fairplay, Hartsel, Jefferson, Spinney Mountain Reservoir