Colorado River – Middle

The middle section of the Colorado River begins in Gore Canyon near Kremmling and flows southwest to the town of Dotsero, six miles west of Gypsum off of I-70.

Colorado River – Middle

The Minturn Anglers team has been guiding and hosting corporate fly fishing events since the shop opened back in 2008 and we have put together a program that is sure to make your next corporate outing one that is talked about for years to come.

River Details

Water Type

Public

Guided?

yes

Region:

Vail Valley

Trout Species:

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

Angling

The Middle Colorado is great for anglers of all skill sets and preferences. While wading is certainly an option through Gore Canyon down to Needle Eye, you will be restricted to the banks for the most part. The stretch between Gore Canyon and Rancho Del Rio is generally the most busy as it offers a number of camping and entertainment options. That being said, it holds sizable trout and is a great float. Fishing via raft is one our favorite ways to go as you can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time and access water only accessible by boat. We like to pull the boat out from time to time and fish that low pressure water or enjoy a nice cold beverage. After Gore Canyon and depending on flows, you’re looking at a very manageable and fishing friendly float. For the most part you’ll be dealing with class II water with the occasional class III rapid. This is a great river to learn how to row as there are minimal consequences and the water is generally forgiving. However, if you’ve never been behind the oars, we recommend learning from an experienced rower.

River Background

On this picturesque stretch of river you’ll find numerous Brown and Rainbow Trout as well as Rocky Mountain White Fish (or Whities). While this freestone river does experience its share of crowds especially near the Pumphouse access point and through Gore Canyon, solitude is just a float away.

River Access

There are a number of access points along the middle Colorado. Arguably, the most popular is at Pumphouse. Traveling from Denver, take I-70 West to Silverthorne then head north on Highway 9. Take CO-9 N roughly 35 miles to County Road 1(Trough Road), just before you reach Kremmling. From there you will take County Road 1 for 15 miles until you’ve reached the Pumphouse access road. If you plan on starting below Rancho Del Rio, we recommend passing Silverthorne and taking I-70 until you’ve reached the town of Wolcott just past the town of Edwards. From there you will take Colorado State Highway 131 until you reach the water.

Float Options:

  • Pumphouse to Radium – 4 miles
  • Radium to Rancho Del Rio – 5 miles
  • Rancho Del Rio to State Bridge – 4 miles
  • State Bridge to Two Bridges – 6 miles
  • Two Bridges to Catamount Bridge –  8 miles
  • Catamount Bridge to Burns – 5 miles
  • Burns to Pinball – 4 miles
  • Pinball to Cottonwood – 14 miles
  • Cottonwood to Dotsero – 6 miles

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