Streams designated as "Gold Medal" by the Colorado Wildlife Commission are those considered to provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. These designations are given out sparingly and represent the highest quality aquatic habitat in Colorado. Special regulations may be required to maintain gold medal quality in these waters. There are over 9,000 miles of trout streams in Colorado. Out of this total only 167.8 miles are currently designated as Gold Medal streams. Of course, permission is required to fish all private property.
The Middle Fork of the South Platte River downstream from U.S. Route 285 and the South Fork of the South Platte River downstream from the outlet at Antero Reservoir, and from the confluence of the Middle and South Forks of the South Platte River downstream to the inlet of Spinney Mountain Reservoir.
From the outlet of Spinney Mountain Reservoir downstream to the inlet of Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir.
From Cheesman Reservoir Dam downstream to the confluence with the North Fork of the South Platte River (19.5 miles).