Rio Grande Area Fishing Map
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The longest stretch of Gold Medal waters in the entire state of Colorado, this is your best chance to catch a trophy trout! Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Native Cutthroat Trout and Kokanee Salmon can all be found in these waters. This area is perfect for all kinds of anglers: new, experienced, young, and old. These waters will accommodate your needs.
Public River Fishing
Rio Grande River - The nearly 20-mile stretch between South Fork and Del Norte is Gold Medal Waters. This area is perfect for float fishing trips as it is calmer than other rivers and creeks in the area. Fish with artificial flies and lures only. Return any Rainbow Trout immediately to the water (catch and release). There are various boat ramps scattered along the river. Access this river along Highways 149 & 160. Some access points include Masonic Park Fishing Easement, Deer Park Fishing Access, and Del Norte Fishing Easement.
Pass Creek - Only use artificial flies and lures here. All Native Cutthroat must be released back to the water (catch and release). Non-motorized boats are allowed. Ice fish during the winter months. Access is on Highway 160 south of South Fork. Pass Creek Pond can be found about 30 miles south of South Fork along the creek.
La Garita Creek - There is no boating allowed in this creek. Many anglers fly-fish here. Access this creek via horseback, hiking, mountain biking or ATV. From Del Norte, follow Highway 112 north out of town, turn left onto Country Road 33 and continue onto County Road 38A. Road E39 will bring you all the way to the creek.
Carnero Creek - Fish with artificial flies and lures only. Return all Native Cutthroat Trout to the water immediately (catch and release). From Monte Vista, take Hwy 285 north out of town, head west on CR G and you will find access along CR 41G out of La Garita.
Public Lake Fishing
Beaver Creek Reservoir - Kid and senior friendly and the reservoir is also handicap accessible. This is one of the few places in the area you can catch Native Cutthroat and you must release them immediately (catch and release). Motorized boats are allowed on the reservoir. Ice fishing is permitted in the winter. Follow Highway 160 south out of South Fork for 18-miles. Turn on Forest Service Road 410 and you will see signs for the reservoir.
Million Reservoir - Non-motorized boats are allowed. This reservoir is handicap accessible; families of all ages and abilities are welcome. Come back in the winter time for some great ice fishing. Located on Beaver Creek Road about 5 miles south of South Fork.
Big Meadows Reservoir - Motorized boats are allowed on the reservoir and you can ice fish during the winter months. This reservoir is handicap accessible. This is the only place in the area that you can catch Kokanee Salmon and it is only permitted between October 1st and December 31st. Beaver Creek connects the reservoir to the South Fork of the Rio Grande River. Access to this reservoir is along Forest Service Rd 360 off Highway 160 south of South Fork.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
A full service ski shop and outdoor goods store in South Fork, minutes to Wolf Creek Ski Area. Doc's has Snowboard and ski rentals, fishing tackle, snowshoe and sports rentals. Fishing and Hunting licenses.
A traditional family campground east of South Fork along the Rio Grande River with fly-fishing: riverside RV sites, separate tenting area, and a sleeping cabin. WiFi in your RV. Stay for a night, week, month!
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Del Norte, Colorado includes: Monte Vista