Rivers

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is recognized as one of the nation's most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Arkansas River it the most commercially rafted river in the United States and is noted for its world-class fishery, which provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to test their skills at catching brown and rainbow trout.
The Arkansas River below Lake Pueblo is an amazing winter tailwater fishery. Even though it is a tailwater, flows below the dam can get dangerously high during spring runoff, so be careful wading. This stretch of river is known for being a nice urban fly fishing destination. There is a public restroom at the parking […]
The river through Canon City has been greatly enhanced recently with the addition of rock structures to provide better trout habitat. A pleasant hike and bike trail parallels the river from the 4th St. Bridge downstream for several miles. This can provide a nice option for a low commitment day of fishing. If you grow […]
Bighorn Sheep Canyon is really a series of canyons: Salida to Howard; Coaldale to Texas Creek; and Texas Creek to Parkdale. From Howard down through Coaldale, about six miles, the river travels through a more open valley with spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and generally gentler water. There is good public access […]
This section became more popular with the Division of Wildlife purchase of Hayden Ranch. This property was held privately since the homesteading days but has been opened up to public fishing in recent years. The river here, above the confluence with Lake Creek and its augmented flow of trans-mountain water, is a small volume meadow stream. […]
The Arkansas River below Leadville is one of the most heavily fished and popular sections.This section of the river, which is approximately 75 miles long, has beautiful pocket water, pools, riffles and runs holding an excellent population of browns and a good population of rainbows. The river averages from 70-100 feet wide in most areas […]

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