Wild Trout Water
Selected trout lakes and streams are managed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife to produce wild trout and are therefore not stocked with hatchery fish. These waters contain self-sustaining populations of trout, which raised entirely within the natural environment, give anglers an opportunity to experience the challenge of catching totally wild trout.
The Colorado Fishing and Land and Water Use information booklets have details on specific restrictions and regulations for Colorado waters and should be consulted before fishing. Portions of designated wild trout waters may be on private property. Other waters may be designated as wild trout waters in the future and interested fishermen should check with the Division of Wildlife for further information.
- Blue River - From Green Mountain Reservoir Dam downstream (2.5 miles).
- Cache La Poudre River -
- From Pingree Park Road bridge upstream to the west boundary of Hombre Ranch (just below Rustic) (5.2 miles).
- From Black Hollow Creek upstream to and including Big Bend Campground (5.7 miles).
- Cascade Creek - Six miles east of Cumbres Pass from the headwaters to the confluence with Rio de los Pinos (2.5 miles).
- Cochetopa Creek - Within Cochetopa State Wildlife Area.
- Colorado River - From the upper end of Gore Canyon downstream to the town of State Bridge (16 miles).
- Conejos River - From Menkhaven Ranch downstream to Aspen Glade Campground (4 miles).
- East River - From the bridge at Roaring Judy Hatchery downstream for one mile.
- Emerald Lake - Located in the Weminuche Wilderness (270 acres).
- Fraser River - From one mile below the town of Tabernash downstream to one mile above the town of Granby (5 miles).
- Gunnison River - From the upper boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument downstream to the confluence with the North Fork of the Gunnison River (26 miles).
- Lake Fork of the Conejos - From the headwaters to the natural dam at the outlet of Rock Lake (3 miles).
- Laramie River - Within Hohnholz Lakes State Wildlife Area (2.5 miles).
- Los Pinos Creek - Within Cochetopa State Wildlife Area (2 miles).
- Middle Fork of the South Platte River - Within the Tomahawk State Wildlife Area (3 miles).
- North Platte River - From the Routt National Forest Boundary downstream to the Colorado-Wyoming border (5.3 miles).
- North St. Vrain Creek - From the confluence with Horse Creek downstream to Button Rock Reservoir (8.5 miles).
- Osier Creek - Seven miles east of Cumbres Pass from the headwaters to the confluence with Rio de los Pinos (2 miles).
- Roaring Fork River - From Holum Lake downstream to Upper Woody Creek Bridge (7 miles).
- South Platte River -
- From the confluence with Beaver Creek downstream to the South Platte Arm gaging station (9 miles).
- From Cheesman Reservoir Dam downstream to Wigwam Club (3 miles).
- Tarryall Creek - From the confluence with the South Platte River upstream to the Pike National Forest boundary (2 miles).
- Trappers Lake - Located in the Flat Tops Wilderness (287 acres).
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