The White River is a beautiful freestone river that originates high in the Flat Tops Wilderness at Trappers Lake, which is a blue-ribbon cutthroat trout fishery. The White River flows from beautiful Trappers Lake down through the White River Valley which includes the small towns of Buford and Meeker along Rio Blanco County Road 8 and Colorado Highway 13. Meeker is the gateway to the White River Valley and this underrated trout fishery offers superior angling opportunities for cutthroat, brown, brook, and rainbow trout as well as mountain whitefish. The White River flows west through Meeker and Rangely until it eventually flows into the Green River in Utah.

The best trout fishing on the White River is from the town of Meeker east all the way to its headwaters at Trappers Lake. This long stretch of river (approx. 40 miles) is mostly privately owned, although there are several stretches east of Meeker along RBC Cty. Road 8 (Nelson-Prather Access and Green Cabins Access) that are public and several other stretches near Buford as well (Sleepy Cat Access and near Trappers Lake). The best fishing on the White River and other streams/lakes is available on private ranches, so contact the Meeker chamber of commerce for information on local fishing guides/outfitters, lodges, and private landowners (www.meekerchamber.com). Wade fishing is the most popular method on the White River as it is not quite large enough to float during most of the year. In addition to fishing in the White River, there are many high-mountain lakes and streams in the Flat Tops Wilderness area that offer great brook trout fishing to anglers as well as terrific camping and hiking opportunities.

Contains: Rainbows, Cutthroats, Brooks, Browns, and Mountain Whitefish.

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