S. Platte River -
South & Middle
Forks Info.

South Park Area

The oxbow sections of the Platte flow through a high plain area known as South Park. Over 50 miles of public access to this gold medal water are well marked. Dress for wind and watch for lightning.

Brown trout up to 10 lbs. migrate up the Middle Fork in the summer. Strikes are spotty but can be worth the effort. Excellent surface fishing to the many summer hatches on the South Fork above and below Antero Reservoir provides great action. Below Spinney Mt. Reservoir it's catch and release year round. Flows: 40-200 c.f.s. The South and Middle Forks of the Platte are small to medium sized: South Fork flows on average 15-50 c.f.s. Middle Fork flows at 30-200 c.f.s. Green and white signs mark Middle Fork access and are scattered along Highway 9 from Garo to Hartsel.

The Elevenmile Canyon tailwater of the South Platte, now under Forest Service Control, is a beautiful canyon that should really start producing. Flows 40-200 c.f.s. Drive to the town of Lake George and follow the signs.

One of Colorado's best for quality-sized rainbows, browns, and cutthroats. Best bets are the Middle Fork between Hartsel and Fairplay and the main river above Spinney Mountain Reservoir. Good access above and below Antero Reservoir, but check regulations for restrictions. Best kept secret: Elevenmile Canyon near Lake George.

Part of this river has been designated a Gold Medal Trout Stream by the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

Part of this river has also been set aside as Wild Trout Water.

Contains: Native Cutthroats, Rainbows, Browns, Brooks, and Snake River Cutthroats.

South Platte River in South Park Fishing Reports From Local Experts
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