Arkansas Headwaters

Recreation Area - Colorado

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is one of the United States' most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Arkansas River. There is a total of 150 miles of water that extends from Leadville, Colorado to Pueblo, Colorado and contains many different classes of rapids ranging from Class II-V rapids. Activities within the area include Bicycle Trails, Fishing Guide Service, Hiking/Nature Trails, Horseback Riding Trails, National Forest, Nature Experience, Nature Preserve, Nature Tours, River Raft Trips, Scenic Highway/Byway, Ski/Snowboard Area, State Park, Water Park, Water Recreation.

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CPW Pocket Trail Map #1: Overview Trails Map of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Trail Maps Overview (#1)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #1: Overview Trails Map of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #2: Trails Map of Crystal Lakes South of Leadville in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Crystal Lakes (#2)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #2: Trails Map of Crystal Lakes South of Leadville in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #3: Trails Map of Arkansas River Ranch & Old Stagecoach in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Arkansas River Ranch (#3)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #3: Trails Map of Arkansas River Ranch & Old Stagecoach in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #4: Trails Map of the Rail Road Bridge area in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Rail Road Bridge (#4)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #4: Trails Map of the Rail Road Bridge area in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #5: Trails Map of Barbra Whipple & Collegiate Peaks Trails near Buena Vista in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Buena Vista (#5)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #5: Trails Map of Barbra Whipple & Collegiate Peaks Trails near Buena Vista in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #6: Trails Map of Ruby Mountain Campground & Trail in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Ruby Mountain (#6)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #6: Trails Map of Ruby Mountain Campground & Trail in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #7: Trails and Overview Map of Stone Bridge / North of Salida area in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Stone Bridge (#7)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #7: Trails and Overview Map of Stone Bridge / North of Salida area in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #8: Trails Map of Hecla Junction & Siedel's Suckhole areas in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Hecla Junction (#8)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #8: Trails Map of Hecla Junction & Siedel's Suckhole areas in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #9: Big Bed Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Tracks Map in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Big Bend OHV Track (#9)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #9: Big Bed Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Tracks Map in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #10: Trails Map of Salida Riverwalk in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Salida Riverwalk (#10)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #10: Trails Map of Salida Riverwalk in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #11: Trails Map of Rincon Area in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Rincon Area (#11)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #11: Trails Map of Rincon Area in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #12: Trails Map of Lone Pine & Vallie Bridge areas in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Lone Pine (#12)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #12: Trails Map of Lone Pine & Vallie Bridge areas in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #13: Trails Map of Five Points area in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Five Points (#13)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #13: Trails Map of Five Points area in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #14: Trails Map of Parkdale day use and river access within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Parkdale (#14)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #14: Trails Map of Parkdale day use and river access within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Map of the Summer Designated Bike Route System in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).,White River - Summer Bike Routes

Map of the Summer Designated Bike Route System in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).,

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Map of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Map

Map of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Brochure of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Brochure

Brochure of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Fact Sheet of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Birds at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Birds

Birds at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

River Safety and Etiquette at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Arkansas Headwaters - Safety Brochure and Maps

River Safety and Etiquette at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (RA) in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Guide to Colorado State Parks. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Colorado State Parks - Guide 2018

Guide to Colorado State Parks. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Guide to Colorado State Recreation Lands. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Colorado State Parks - State Recreation Lands 2020

Guide to Colorado State Recreation Lands. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Colorado Fishing Guide. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.Colorado State Parks - Fishing 2021

Colorado Fishing Guide. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Arkansas Headwaters RA https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ArkansasHeadwatersRecreationArea/Pages/default.aspx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_Headwaters_Recreation_Area The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is one of the United States' most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Arkansas River. There is a total of 150 miles of water that extends from Leadville, Colorado to Pueblo, Colorado and contains many different classes of rapids ranging from Class II-V rapids. Activities within the area include Bicycle Trails, Fishing Guide Service, Hiking/Nature Trails, Horseback Riding Trails, National Forest, Nature Experience, Nature Preserve, Nature Tours, River Raft Trips, Scenic Highway/Byway, Ski/Snowboard Area, State Park, Water Park, Water Recreation.
Mt. Arkansas 13795' 2 1 3 Hayden Ranch 4 Hayden Meadows Arkansas River Ranch Kobe 5 Twin Lakes Village Granite Big Bend Blue Heron Bootlegger Boulderfield Buena Vista Whitewater Park Canyon Trading Post Cañon City Whitewater Park Centennial Park Granite Rock Granite Boat Chute Clear Creek 7 Stone Cabin 8 Pine Creek Numbers Arkansas River Placer Rapid #4 The Wall Numbers The Rapid #5½ Boulderfield Rapid #6 Riverside Railroad Bridge Collegiate Peaks Copper Gulch Elephant Rock Fern Leaf Gulch Fisherman’s Bridge Five Points Five ½ Points Florence Whitewater Park Ford Crossing Granite Granite Boat Chute Granite Rock Grassy Knoll Hayden Meadows Hayden Ranch Hecla Junction Kobe Lazy J Loma Linda Lone Pine Lower Floodplain Maytag MacKenzie Bridge Numbers Old Parkdale Parkdale Pathfinder Park Pine Creek Point Barr Railroad Bridge Rapid #4 Rapid #5 ½ El. 11 12 13 Rapid #6 For campground reservations, please call 1-800-244-5613 or online at www.cpwshop.com 10 14 Crystal Lakes Pinnacle Rock Grassy Knoll Elephant Rock Tunnel View Buena Vista Whitewater Park 7,965' Cottonwood • Annual passes, regulations, and guide books are available at the AHRA Visitor Center. • The AHRA Visitor Center is located on the corner of G Street and Sackett Avenue in downtown Salida, one block North of Highway 291. 9 Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway Clear Creek Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Visitor Center 6 Raynolds Red Wall Rincon River Station Riverside Ruby Mountain Salida Whitewater Park Collegiate Peaks 15 Salida East Salt Lick Slaughterhouse Fisherman’s Bridge 18 Spikebuck Stone Bridge Ruby Mountain 16 Stone Cabin 17 Swallows Browns Canyon National Monument Texas Creek The Wall Tunnel View Vallie Bridge Browns Creek TH Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area Browns Canyon Wellsville 27 LEGEND Hecla Junction Peak 12,208' 163 150 Big Bend Paddock SWA Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway 19 Stone Bridge Slaughterhouse Reddy SWA Fishing Easement 21 166 22 Box Creek STL Poncha Springs Visitor Center Hardeman SWA Fishing Easement 160 23 24 25 7,083' Salida East Wellsville Clear Creek Reservoir SWA Tiger Lily STL Fishing/Portage Easement Red Wall Monarch Crest Trail Point Barr Rincon Buena Vista SWA Harmon SWA 26 Chubb Park Ranch STL Chubb Park Ranch SWA Johnson Village SWA Champion SWA Bighorn Springs Ruby Mountain Wright’s Lake SWA and Great Sand Dunes National Park River (Jointly managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service) 11386' SalidaWhitewater Park Granite SWA Heckendorf SWA 28 11716' 20 Crystal Lake STL Fishing Easement LEGEND 9,763' Lower Parkdale Floodplain Old Five ½ Parkdale Points Bighorn Sheep Canyon Salt Lick Bootlegger Copper Gulch Pinnacle Rock Spikebuck Five Points Maytag Cottonwood Texas Creek Lazy J Ford Crossing Vallie Bridge Loma Fern Leaf Linda Lone Gulch Pine Canyon Trading Post 5,331' River Station Raynolds MacKenzie Bridge Centennial Park Pathfinder Park 29 Blue Heron Miles National Monument Border Florence Whitewater Park Swallows Road State Wildlife Areas/Fishing Easements Pridemore Fishing Easement Big Bend SWA Swallows Mt. Ouray Fishing Easement Mt. Ouray SWA 30 Frantz Lake SWA Mount Shavano SWA Sands Lake SWA Ogden/Treat SWA Skaguay Reservoir SWA 28 Beaver Creek SWA 29 Brush Hollow SWA 30 Swallows /Pueblo SWA Pa rk ing Pi cn ic Ta ble Po s/G rta ril ge ls Tra il Re str oo ms Ri ve rA cc es Sc s en ic Ov er Sp loo ec k ial Ne ed W atc sF ha ish ble ing W Ac ild ce life ss Arkansas River Ranch Hundreds of thousands of visitors boat on the river each year, and close to a million people enjoy the recreation area. Courtesy and respect for others will make everyone’s experience more enjoyable. You can minimize your impact and help us protect this valuable resource by observing the following guidelines: • respect private property and don’t trespass • keep noise down • if you are boating, travel on opposite side of the river from anglers and avoid fishing holes • learn and practive Leave No Trace backcountry ethics, including pack it in/pack it out • use existing restroom facilities, or a portable toilet (groover), required by regulation • stop only at well-established, well-used sites and avoid trampling streamside vegetation • build fires only in grills and fire pans, required by regulation Crystal Lakes Ho rs e/M tn .B ike Arkansas River Placer Visitor Etiquette 10,151 OH V Recreation Site Facilities Welcome to the Upper Arkansas River Valley, famous for its 14ers, whitewater, wilderness and wildlife. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area offers many fun and exciting activities. Please: • know your skill level • be aware of risks involved in an activity • be familiar with safety practices • equip yourself properly Copper Mountain AH RA Ma na Bo ge at d Ra mp Ca / Sl mp ide ing Ch an gin gF Di s ac ilit Di pers ies sp e er d/D se e Fis
Leadville to Buena Vista he Upper Arkansas River Valley is a treasure trove of geology, history, wildlife, scenery and just plain good times. Whether you want to explore a ghost town, run a rapid, hook a trout, watch a bighorn sheep or stare into the depths of the Royal Gorge, chances for adventure are all around you. Below, you will find a community-by-community tour of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, featuring both river access sites and campgrounds. Please enjoy your visit. T ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS River Access Sites • Cottonwood • Pinnacle Rock • Salt Lick • Five Points • Five 1/2 Points • Lower Floodplain • Spikebuck • Bootlegger • Old Parkdale • Parkdale The Whitewater Kayak & Recreation Park (WKRP) is located at Centennial Park near the 4th Street Bridge. Below Cañon City, the Arkansas changes into a quiet, meandering great plains river with Class I-II water. Cottonwood, willow and water-loving plants along its banks create a “riparian zone” that is home to an abundance of wildlife. Therefore, this stretch of river offers fantastic wildlife viewing and great fishing. Vallie Bridge to Parkdale • Salida East • Point Barr • Rincon • Vallie Bridge (Boat in/Walk in) The Salida Whitewater Park is located at the Salida Boat Ramp. Just below Salida, the river flows into Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a granite canyon dotted with stands of pinon pine, juniper and oak brush. Anglers especially enjoy this segment – it offers deep pools, rock banks and gravel bars. In addition to public land access along the river, Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing easements also provide river access. Boaters will find Class II-IV rapids in this segment. Campgrounds • Salida Whitewater Park (Managed by Salida.) • Salida East • Wellsville • Point Barr • Rincon • Vallie Bridge • Cañon City Whitewater Park (Managed by Cañon City.) • Centennial Park (Closed to commercial boaters.) • River Station (Closed to private boaters.) • Raynolds • MacKenzie Bridge • Pathfinder Park (Managed by Florence.) • Florence Whitewater Park (Managed by Florence.) • Blue Heron • Swallows River Access Sites Cañon City to Lake Pueblo Boaters who go to view the gorge from the bottom up should take note: within the gorge, the river gives you a wild ride, with Class IV-V (extremely difficult) rapids. In addition, scouting and portaging this section of the river is very difficult. River Access Sites Salida to Vallie Bridge The Buena Vista Whitewater Park is located at the Buena Vista boat ramp. Beyond the river park, this stretch’s outstanding feature is Browns Canyon, a brown granite gorge of whitewater rapids. The busiest stretch of river, Browns is a wild ride at high water, although at any water level it is a beautiful and challenging river trip. Ruby Mountain, the canyon’s northern gateway, provides access to the Browns Canyon National Monument. Here, visitors can hike, backpack, camp, fish and view wildlife. Below Browns Canyon, the valley widens and the river calms though spectacular views remain. This stretch, called Big Bend, offers prime trout fishing, and numerous Colorado Parks and Wildlife easements provide anglers with river access on private land. Parkdale Recreation Site provides public access before the river enters the Royal Gorge. From this peaceful spot, the river plunges into the Royal Gorge, the Arkansas River’s most famous achievement. Over millions of years, the river carved through the hard rock of the Royal Gorge Plateau, forming the 1,000-foot walls of the gorge. • Centennial Park (Managed by Cañon City/Closed to commercial boaters.) • Parkdale • Copper Gulch • River Station River Access Sites Parkdale to Cañon City EIERDIRK © PENNY M cpw.state.co.us Visit Bureau of Land Management at www.blm.gov/co Visit the U.S. Forest Service at www.fs.usda.gov ng Rock climbi Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado through Colorado Lottery proceeds. CPW_SEAR_11K_3/20 cpw.state.co.us Picnicking is permitted throughout the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area except in designated campsites. There are tables and grills available at select developed sites or one can enjoy an impromptu picnic near the river. Picnic areas do not have potable water or trash services. Please take trash with you when you leave. Please park in designated parking areas. A daily park pass is required to picnic in fee sites. To book a site: By phone: 1-800-244-5613 Online: www.cpwshop.com Passes, Permits, Fees Browns Canyon National Monument The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) includes portions of Browns Canyon National Monument, which was designated in February 2015 and encompasses a rugged landscape of stunning beauty and rich biodiversity. Browns Canyon is notable because of its abundant wildlife such as elk, deer, mountain lions, black bears, golden and bald eagles, and bighorn sheep. Access the monument through the Ruby Mountain or Hecla Junction Recreation Sites, float through the National Monument with a group of friends, or
C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are From the alpine highlands near Leadville to the open prairies of Pueblo, the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) offers one of the nation’s premier locations for whitewater boating, as well as a world class trout fishery. The diverse geology and topography of the AHRA provide vast opportunities for enjoying a variety of other outdoor recreation opportunities in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, such as camping, picnicking, biking, hiking, OHV use, gold panning and wildlife viewing. Experience all the AHRA has to offer while creating lifelong memories! Visitors to Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area spend over $66 million in local communities each year.1 • • • • • • • Browns Canyon National Monument – one of the most commercially rafted stretches of river in the nation, offering unique geological formations McIntyre Hills Wilderness Study Area – rugged, rolling canyonlands Gold Medal Trout Fishery – 102 miles of some of the best trout fishing in Colorado Bighorn Sheep Canyon – abundant wildlife, including mountain lions and bighorn sheep Royal Gorge – a spectacular sheer-walled rock canyon filled with incredible whitewater rapids Pine Creek and the Numbers – some of the most challenging Class IV and V whitewater in the West Featuring the Salida, Buena Vista and Canon City Whitewater Parks Our partners • • • • • • • • • • • • American Rivers American Whitewater U.S. Bureau of Land Management U.S. Forest Service U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Greater Arkansas River Nature Association Central Colorado Conservancy AHRA Citizen Task Force Lake County Open Space Initiative Salida, Buena Vista and Leadville School Districts Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District • • • • • • • • • • • • Colorado Springs Utilities Aurora Water Leadville, Salida, Buena Vista and Canon City Chambers of Commerce Fremont, Chaffee and Lake and Pueblo County Commissioners and Law Enforcement Agencies Trout Unlimited Upper Arkansas Area Weed Management Association Arkansas River Outfitters Association Colorado River Outfitters Association American Whitewater Colorado Whitewater Pikes Peak Whitewater Club Pueblo Water • • • • • • • • • • • • Colorado Youth Corps Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments FIBArk (First In Boating the Arkansas) Colorado Mountain College Canon City & Royal Gorge Railroad/ Rock and Rail Railroad Chaffee County Visitors Bureau Backcountry Horseman’s Association Colorado Water Conservation Board U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Colorado State Trails Committee Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition Colorado Foundation for Water Education Challenges we face • • Strengthening the partnership with federal, state and local agencies, water conservation districts, Trout Unlimited and the Arkansas River Outfitters Association to maintain the year-round Voluntary Flow Management Program, which enhances both angling and whitewater boating opportunities while providing an important economic benefit for local communities. Protecting the natural landscape while providing quality recreational experiences to an increasing number of visitors and minimizing conflicts between different constituents that use the recreation area. 1Source: Corona Research, Colorado State Parks Marketing Assessment, “Visitor Spending Analysis 2008-2009” (adjusted for inflation). COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 cpw.state.co.us DOSKOCIL/CPW Top attractions 307 W. Sackett Avenue, Salida, CO 81201 (719) 539-7289 • Email: ahra@state.co.us Park Manager: Rob White As of June 30, 2017 Volunteer activities • • • • • • • Assist with AHRA environmental education and youth recreation programs. Work with AHRA staff on National Public Lands Day to clean up dispersed camping areas along the river. Assist with Cleanup/Greenup in conjunction with Colorado Public Lands Day as a community-based, river-wide volunteer effort. Serve as campground hosts for all AHRA designated campgrounds. Serve as members of AHRA’s Citizen Task Force and the Rationing and Agreement Committee to provide recommendations on a variety of management-related issues. Provide assistance in a variety of maintenance tasks such as installing signs, painting picnic tables, cleaning campsites and overall recreation area cleanup. Work with AHRA staff monitoring Bluebird Houses at recreation sites. Manager’s message For those of you who are planning a vacation to the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) for the first time, I invite you to experience some of the best whitewater boating and trout fishing the State of Colorado has to offer! The AHRA is the most commercially boated whitewater river in the United States, and also offers the longest stretch of Gold Medal Trout fishing in the State of Colorado – 102 miles! In addition, the AHRA provides two ga
CREEPERS SILKY-FLYCATCHERS [ ] Northern Waterthrush [ [ [ [ ] Louisiana Waterthrush R [ ] Le Conte’s Sparrow R [ ] Kentucky Warbler U [ ] Sharp-tailed Sparrow R [ ] Connecticut Warbler R [ ] Fox Sparrow B [ ] Mourning Warbler R [ ] Song Sparrow B [ ] MacGillivray’s Warbler B [ ] Lincoln’s Sparrow B [ ] Common Yellowthroat B [ ] Swamp Sparrow ] Hooded Warbler U [ ] White-throated Sparrow ] Brown Creeper B ] Phainopepla R WRENS SHRIKES & STARLINGS [ ] Rock Wren B [ ] Northern Shrike [ ] Canyon Wren B [ ] Loggerhead Shrike B [ ] Carolina Wren B,U [ ] European Starling B [ ] Bewick’s Wren B VIREOS [ [ ] House Wren B [ ] White-eyed Vireo R [ ] Wilson’s Warbler B [ ] Golden-crowned Sparrow U [ ] Winter Wren [ ] Bell’s Vireo B [ ] Canada Warbler U [ ] White-crowned Sparrow B [ ] Sedge Wren U [ ] Gray Vireo B [ ] Red-faced Warbler R [ ] Harris’ Sparrow [ ] Marsh Wren B [ ] Solitary Vireo B [ ] Painted Redstart R [ ] Dark-eyed Junco B [ ] Yellow-throated Vireo U [ ] Yellow-breasted Chat B [ ] McCown’s Longspur B [ ] Warbling Vireo B ] Lapland Longspur [ ] Philadelphia Vireo U TANAGERS [ [ ] Chestnut-collared Longspur B [ ] Red-eyed Vireo B [ ] Hepatic Tanager B,U [ ] Snow Bunting [ ] Summer Tanager [ ] Scarlet Tanager U BLACKBIRDS & ORIOLES [ ] Western Tanager B [ ] Bobolink B [ ] Red-winged Blackbird B DIPPERS [ ] American Dipper B KINGLETS & GNATCATCHERS [ ] Golden-crowned Kinglet B [ ] Ruby-crowned Kinglet B [ ] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher B SOLITAIRES & THRUSHES [ ] Eastern Bluebird B [ ] Western Bluebird B [ ] Mountain Bluebird B [ ] Townsend’s Solitaire B [ ] Veery B [ ] Gray-cheeked Thrush U [ ] Swainson’s Thrush B [ ] Hermit Thrush B [ ] Wood Thrush U [ ] American Robin B WOOD-WARBLERS [ ] Blue-winged Warbler U [ ] Golden-winged Warbler U [ ] Tennessee Warbler B [ ] Orange-crowned Warbler B [ ] Nashville Warbler [ ] Virginia’s Warbler B [ ] Lucy’s Warbler R [ ] Northern Parula [ ] Yellow Warbler B [ ] Chestnut-sided Warbler B [ ] Magnolia Warbler [ ] Cape May Warbler U [ ] Black-throated Blue Warbler U CARDINALS, GROSBEAKS & BUNTINGS BIRDS OF THE ARKANSAS HEADWATERS RECREATION AREA ] Henslow’s Sparrow R [ ] Eastern Meadowlark U [ ] Northern Cardinal B [ ] Western Meadowlark B [ ] Pyrrhuloxia R [ ] Yellow-headed Blackbird B [ ] Rose-breasted Grosbeak B [ ] Rusty Blackbird [ ] Black-headed Grosbeak B [ ] Brewer’s Blackbird B [ ] Blue Grosbeak B [ ] Great-tailed Grackle B [ ] Lazuli Bunting B [ ] Common Grackle B [ ] Indigo Bunting B [ ] Brown-headed Cowbird B [ ] Painted Bunting U [ ] Orchard Oriole B LOONS [ ] Dickcissel B [ ] Northern Oriole B [ ] Red-throated Loon U [ ] Anhinga R [ ] Scott’s Oriole B [ ] Pacific Loon [ ] Magnificent Frigatebird R [ ] Common Loon [ ] Yellow-billed Loon R American Dipper. [ Wendy Shattil/Bob Rozinski. ] Species seen in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area B Species known to have bred recently in CO U Unusual in any region of the state. R Reported less than ten times in the state. DARTERS & FRIGATEBIRDS [ ] Yellow-rumped Warbler B [ ] Black-throated Gray Warbler B TOWHEES, SPARROWS & LONGSPURS FINCHES [ ] Townsend’s Warbler [ ] Green-tailed Towhee B [ ] Brambling R MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS [ ] Hermit Warbler R [ ] Rufous-sided Towhee B [ ] Brown-capped Rosy Finch B GREBES [ ] Black-throated Green Warbler U [ ] Canyon Towhee B [ ] Black Rosy Finch [ ] Pied-billed Grebe B [ ] Great Blue Heron B [ ] Gray Catbird B [ ] Blackburnian Warbler U [ ] Cassin’s Sparrow B [ ] Gray-crowned Rosy Finch [ ] Horned Grebe [ ] Great Egret B [ ] Northern Mockingbird B [ ] Yellow-throated Warbler U [ ] Rufous-crowned Sparrow B [ ] Pine Grosbeak B [ ] Red-necked Grebe U [ ] Snowy Egret B [ ] Sage Thrasher B [ ] Grace’s Warbler B [ ] American Tree Sparrow [ ] Purple Finch U [ ] Eared Grebe B [ ] Little Blue Heron B,U ] Chipping Sparrow B ] Western Grebe B [ ] Tricolored Heron U ] Clark’s Grebe B [ ] Reddish Egret R [ ] Cattle Egret B [ ] Varied Thrush U BITTERNS & HERONS [ ] American Bittern B [ ] Least Bittern B [ ] Brown Thrasher B [ ] Pine Warbler U [ [ ] Cassin’s Finch B [ [ ] Long-billed Thrasher R [ ] Prairie Warbler R [ ] Clay-colored Sparrow [ ] House Finch B [ [ ] Bendire’s Thrasher B,U [ ] Palm Warbler U [ ] Brewer’s Sparrow B [ ] Red Crossbill B [ ] Curve-billed Thrasher B [ ] Bay-breasted Warbler B,U [ ] Field Sparrow [ ] White-winged Crossbill [ ] Blackpoll Warbler [ ] Vesper Sparrow B [ ] Common Redpoll [ ] Cerulean Warbler R [ ] Lark Sparrow B [ ] Pine Siskin B [ ] Black-and-white Warbler [ ] Black-throated Sparrow B [ ] Lesser Goldfinch B CORMORANTS [ ] American Redstart B [ ] Sage Sparrow B [ ] American Goldfinch B IBISES
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Fly Fishing Etiquette A basic outline of etiquette rules to help the wade & float fishing angler Provided by the Colorado Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited Www.cutthroatctu.org Compiled and Edited by: Kent Higgins Contributors: Bob Churchill, Kent Higgins, Van Bliss, Doug & Cathy Houser Fly Fishing Etiquette — By — Bob Churchill, Kent Higgins, Van Bliss, Doug & Cathy Houser Long before fly fishing, proper etiquette and respect for another’s space existed. Although the practice of etiquette is questionable at times, distinct and desirable behaviors are supposed to separate the human race from all other animal species. Therefore, we often need to remind ourselves of proper behaviors while fishing. These basic rules are intended to help anglers understand how to make their fishing experiences, on or near the water, more enjoyable for themselves and others. Etiquette On and Off the River Know the specific state and local fishing regulations for the waters you fish. Fish barbless hooks — do yourself, your friends, and the fish a favor, pinch down all barbs. Be mindful of your manners and language, particularly around youngsters — they learn from example. When water temperature rises significantly — stop fishing and thus eliminate stressing fish. If asked to critique another, do it in a positive manner, don’t criticize the flies or techniques of others. Offer advice only if asked, and ask only if you’re willing to listen. Talking to another angler is acceptable, and quite proper. Not talking to another angler is acceptable, and quite proper. Etiquette On the River If you spot someone on or near a section of water, that section of water is theirs until they move on — even if they stay for the day. This respected use belongs to anyone fishing or not. And, as much as it hurts not to fish there, stay out unless you have their permission to enter their domain. Examples: • An angler just studying the water • A person or party having a bank-side • • • picnic A person or party just sitting on the bank enjoying the scenery Children or adults playing in the water Bait, spin cast, or flycasting anglers. When approaching another angler to find out “how they are doing,” “what they have observed,” “what flies they may be using” or if it’s okay to share the immediate area being fished — use care as not to spook the fish in the area. Example: Always approach the angler from • behind and to the side. When you address another, do so politely, if there is no response, assume your company or access is not welcome, say “thank you,” and move on. When passing another angler do it with common sense. Most people don’t like to fish where the water has just been beat to a froth by another angler, so leave some unspoiled water between you and the other angler before entering the water. This distance is determined by the ratio of anglers on the water. Examples: • if fishing on water where only one or two • • • anglers are in sight, observe the other anglers few minutes to see how fast they are moving upstream – then give them space to fish for about an hour before you enter the water. This could mean leaving two to three prime fishing spots open before returning to the water. When fishing in areas like Deckers, the Green or the San Juan when it’s crowded, moving up-stream one hole or run is totally acceptable. If on the river bank, swing out upto 20feet as not to spook any fish upstream from the angler. Consider crossing the river and proceeding up the other side to another location. If several anglers exist and are “leap-frogging” back and forth, leave each plenty of room to fish upstream before you enter the water. The angler that is traveling up-stream always has the right of way over an angler traveling Down-stream. Example: • If an angler wants to retrace their footsteps down-river and sees another down-river, exit the water and go down-river using the bank, staying far enough away to prevent spooking fish. An angler always has the right of way when they have a fish on. Example: • Reel in your line and try to stay out of their way while they fight their fish. Many times the angler with the fish on is trying very hard to keep out of your space but sometimes circumstances won’t allow it. It’s totally appropriate to ask the angler with the fish on if they would like you to net the fish for them. Many new friendships have started this way. Handle fish with care. The less a fish is handled the better and the greater chance the fish has to survive. Fish survival hints: • Make sure your fishing net’s web is wet before picking up a fish. • Wet your hands before handling any fish! • Don’t squeeze a fish’s stomach. • Don’t stick your fingers or any object into the fish’s gills. • If you can’t remove a hook, from a fish, cut your tippet line and release the fish before the fish becomes overly stressed. • Quickly photograph a fish and immediately return the fish to water. • In warmer water conditions try photographing fish in a ne
COLORADO PA R K S & WILDLIFE Your Guide to Colorado’s 41 State Parks 2018 Edition cpw.state.co.us CAMPING RESERVATIONS • 1-800-244-5613 • cpw.state.co.us i Welcome to Your State Parks! Wherever you go in Colorado, there’s Cheyenne Mountain a state park waiting to welcome State Park you. Mountains or prairies, rivers or forests, out in the country or next to the city… Colorado’s 41 state parks are as diverse as the state itself, and they offer something for everyone. Take a hair-raising whitewater river trip, or kick back in a lawn chair and watch the sunset. Enjoy a family picnic, cast a line in the water, take a hike, ride a horse, try snowshoeing or discover geocaching. From Eastern Plains parks at 3,800 feet to high-mountain parks at 9,500, the network of state parks offers a wealth of activities for busy people of all ages, or the chance to do nothing at all. You can play on land or on water. On a high peak or on the prairie. In the country or the city. In spring, summer, winter or fall. Golden Gate Canyon State Park State parks are great places for families. There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy together such as boating, hiking or picnicking, as well as organized nature walks, talks and events. Junior Ranger programs, activity backpacks, kid-friendly hikes and fishing ponds for kids are among the many offerings for youth. From toddler to teen and adult to senior, every family member can enjoy their activity of choice, then come together to share a meal and stories around the campfire. Whether you’re an active outdoor recreationist or prefer to spend time watching clouds go by, you’ll enjoy the special moments waiting for you in the state parks. Rifle Gap State Park Cover photos: Large photo: State Forest State Park; lower left: Pearl Lake State Park; lower center: Elkhead State Park; lower right: Lory State Park Plan Your Visit Colorado’s state parks are open every day of the year, weather permitting. Day-use areas are generally open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and some parks may have closed gates after hours. Campgrounds are open 24 hours a day. Contact individual parks for hours of operation. Check our website for seasonal or maintenance closures: cpw.state.co.us Entrance Passes All Colorado state parks charge an entrance fee. Cost of a daily pass may vary by park ($7–$9). A pass covers all occupants of a vehicle and is valid until noon the day after purchase. Some parks may charge a per-person fee for cyclists and walk-ins. Fees are used to help pay operating costs. Cherry Creek State Park charges an additional fee for the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority. Annual Pass Who doesn’t love a deal? And the state parks annual pass is a great one. For just one low price, the annual pass lets you enjoy all 41 state parks for unlimited visits for 12 months from date of purchase. That’s all the parks. That’s unlimited times. The annual pass pays for itself in as few as 10 visits. If you’re a Colorado resident who’s 64 years or older, there’s even a further discounted Aspen Leaf annual pass. There are also passes for disabled and income-eligible residents. For details and to purchase a pass, visit a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) office, state park or buy online: cpw.state.co.us Extend Your Stay Make more of your state park visit by staying overnight. Bring your tent or RV, spend a cozy night in a cabin, camp in a tipi or discover a comfortable, year-round alternative State Forest State Park to traditional camping with a yurt. All together, the state parks have more than 4,000 campsites and 58 cabins and yurts. Almost 300 campsites are ADA accessible. Many parks offer campsites or cabins for large groups. Heated cabins and yurts make a park getaway suitable any season of the year. Camping Reservations Summer weekends fill up quickly so advance reservations for overnight stays are recommended. Reservations can be made six months to three days ahead of arrival. Reserve online: cpw.state.co.us Toll Free: 1-800-244-5613 A nonrefundable reservation fee applies to bookings, and visitors must purchase a daily or annual entrance pass in addition to paying camping and reservation fees. Unreserved sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 1 What Can I Do There? Colorado’s state parks are places to have fun, get away, recreate and re-create. Here are some park activities to help you do that: Fishing Top-notch fishing awaits anglers in 37 state parks across Colorado. Think Gold Medal Waters and trophy fish. A valid fishing license is required for all anglers 16 years and older. Licenses and our annual Colorado Fishing regulations brochure are available online, at most parks and at CPW authorized sales agents. Water Sports Many state parks are built around a lake or Crawford waterway, which means boating and other water State Park sports are among the headliners. Larger parks offer boat rentals and full-service marinas. Any boat with a motor or sail operated in Col
C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E 2020 Colorado State Recreation Lands INSIDE: STATE FISH UNITS, STATE WILDLIFE AREAS, STATE TRUST LANDS, STATE PARKS cpw.state.co.us ONLINE FEATURES Check out more Colorado Parks & Wildlife on our VIMEO & YOUTUBE CHANNELS LINKS TO MAPS MAKE CAMPING & HUNTING RESERVATIONS ONLINE! STATE WILDLIFE AREAS STATE FISHING WATERS STATE TRUST LANDS STATE PARKS Cherry Creek State Park © Nora Logue VIDEOS CHECK OUT THE 360 VIDEOS OF COLORADO’S STATE PARKS! 101 PLACES TO TAKE A KID FISHING #TAKEAKIDFISHING G.E.M. TRAIL NOW OPEN IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS! CONTENTS CONTENTS Printed for free distribution by: WHAT’S NEW: 2020................................................1 cpw.state.co.us COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW) 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 ■ 303-297-1192 RESERVATIONS......................................................1 OUR MISSION: The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. ■ Abbreviation key................................................................................1 STATE FISH UNITS (SFUs)........................................2 ■ What is an SFU?..................................................................................2 ■ SFU properties & regulations..............................................................2 COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE DIRECTOR Dan Prenzlow COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEMBERS, as of July 2020 STATE WILDLIFE AREAS (SWAs)......................... 3–29 Marvin McDaniel, Chair Carrie Besnette Hauser, Vice-Chair Marie Haskett, Secretary Taishya Adams Betsy Blecha Charles Garcia Dallas May ■ What is an SWA?.................................................................................3 ■ SWA access rules................................................................................3 ■ SWA properties & regulations..................................................... 4–29 STATE TRUST LANDS (STLs) PUBLIC ACCESS PROGRAM.............................. 30–51 ■ What are trust lands? What is the STL public access program?.............30 ■ State trust lands FAQs/access rules...................................................30 ■ State trust lands public access properties & regulations............ 31–51 REGULATION BROCHURE EDITOR Chelsea Harlan PRINTED STATE PARKS................................................. 52–59 The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) receives federal financial assistance from multiple bureaus within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (as amended), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior and its bureaus prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age. In addition, CPW adheres to all antidiscrimination laws of the state of Colorado. For more information on how to request an accommodation or to file a grievance, please visit cpw.state.co.us/accessibility. MAPS............................................................ 60–65 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Northeast ..........60 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Southeast ..........61 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Northwest .........62 ■ State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Southwest ........63 ■ NEW State fish units, wildlife areas, trust lands & parks — Central close-up.............................64 ■ Game management units (GMUs)....................................................65 NOTICE: Laws and regulations in this brochure are paraphrased for easier understanding and are intended only as a guide. Complete Colorado wildlife statutes and regulations are available at CPW offices listed below and online: cpw.state.co.us/regulations CPW REGIONAL AND AREA OFFICE LOCATIONS ADMINISTRATION 1313 Sherman St., #618 Denver, 80203 303-297-1192 (M–F, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. MT) LANDS INDEX BY COUNTY............................... 66–73 ■ State fish units, state wildlife areas, state trust lands, state parks GET THE BROCHURE ONLINE: cpw.state.co.us/rec-lands Send us your outdoor photos and stories for a chance to be featured on a brochure cover or CPW's online blog! HUNTER.TESTIMONIALS@STATE.CO.US COVER: ▶ Gone fishing at Sylvan Lake State Park. © Dustin Doskocil for CPW OTHER PHOTOS, LEFT TO RIGHT: ▶ Mountain biking at Trinidad Lake State Park. © Thomas Kimmell for CPW C O L O R A D O P A R K S & INSIDE: STATE FISH UNITS, STAT
WHAT'S NEW C O L O R A D O P A R K S & LICENSES W I L D L I F E 2021 Colorado Fishing SEASON: MARCH 1, 2021–MARCH 31, 2022 cpw.state.co.us 2021 FISHING BROCHURE CORRECTION UPDATED: APRIL 19, 2021 Please see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at cpw.state.co.us/regulations for complete regulation information. NOTE: THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE BROCHURE HAS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY CORRECTIONS. PAGE(S) CORRECTION AS PRINTED IN BROCHURE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS PAGE 1 The qualifying age for applying for a senior lifetime low-income fishing license was incorrectly listed as 65 and older at the time of publication. The correct information is: Senior lifetime low-income fishing licenses are available for Colorado residents age 64 and older. Go online for full eligibility requirements: cpw.state. co.us The online version of the brochure has been updated with this correction. page 1 2021 FISHING BROCHURE CORRECTION UPDATED: MARCH 12, 2021 Please see the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website at cpw.state.co.us/regulations for complete regulation information. NOTE: THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE BROCHURE HAS THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY CORRECTIONS. PAGE(S) CORRECTION AS PRINTED IN BROCHURE BACK PAGE BACK COVER The contest start date for Take a Friend Fishing was incorrect at the time of publication. The correct information is: The contest starts APRIL 1, 2021! Go online for contest rules and how to enter: cpw.state.co.us/ takeafriend The online version of the brochure has been updated with this correction. back cover ONLINE FEATURES Check out more Colorado Parks & Wildlife on our VIMEO & YOUTUBE CHANNELS VIDEOS FISHING FOR HIP HOP: COLORADO STYLE FISHING FUNDS CONSERVATION 101 PLACES TO TAKE A KID FISHING © CPW GET THE CPW FISHING APPS: The CPW Fishing app can help you discover over 1,300 fishing locations, check local conditions, read up on regulations and more! The CPW Match a Hatch app can help you match your fly to the same insects where you’re fishing! CO OUTDOORS “QUICK TIP”: SPINCAST REELS CONTENTS CONTENTS Printed for free distribution by: WHAT’S NEW: 2021................................................ 1 cpw.state.co.us LICENSE INFORMATION...................................... 1–2 COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE (CPW) 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 ■ 303-297-1192 ■ License & Habitat Stamp fees........................................................................1 ■ What you need to buy a fishing license; license requirements......................1 ■ Residency requirements; Habitat Stamps; anglers with disabilities..............2 OUR MISSION: The mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. GENERAL INFORMATION.................................... 3–7 Dan Prenzlow ■ Fishery programs: Gold Medal Waters; Wild Trout; stream surveys.................3 ■ State records program: Records by Weight; Records by Length......................4 ■ State Records by Weight award table.............................................................4 ■ Master Angler program; award lengths.........................................................5 ■ Help improve your fisheries............................................................................5 ■ Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS).....................................................................6 ■ Fishing terms glossary...................................................................................7 ■ Online fishing information resources.............................................................7 FISHING LAWS................................................. 8–10 ■ Legal fishing methods....................................................................................8 ■ Special conditions & restrictions...............................................................8−9 ■ Statewide bag & possession limits...............................................................10 ■ MAP: Wiper/white bass & walleye/saugeye bag limits................................10 SPECIAL REGULATIONS: FISHING WATERS........11–39 ■ MAP: Upper Arkansas River.........................................................................12 ■ MAP: Blue River Basin.................................................................................13 ■ MAP: Middle Colorado & Eagle Rivers..........................................................15 ■ MAP: Upper Colorado River — Headwaters to Radium...............................16 ■ MAP: Conejos & Alamosa River Drainages...................................................18 ■ MAP: Upper Gunnison Basin — Taylor Park Res. to Blue Mesa Res..............19 ■ MAP: NEW North Fork Gunnison Basin — Hotchkiss to McClure

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