Eagle County and Summit County are the hosts of the area watersheds, towns, lands, and iconic Colorado scenery that abounds. Please visit the many towns and business in these counties. All are supportive and helpful in bringing this championship to Colorado. There are many open public waters in the area, so please clean your gear, stop by the many shops and businesses, and most importantly enjoy the water.
Eagle County is made up of many small communities, each as unique and diverse as the people who live there. The county has an incredible geographic diversity from lushly forested Vail, Minturn and Red Cliff to the spacious ranches of Eagle and Gypsum
The Eagle River through scenic Eagle County is a beautiful river with many trout. This is a medium-sized, freestone stream that averages 45-50 feet across. The wild trout, which are colorful and strong, combine with the spectacular scenery creating a magnificent experience.
Town of Vail has the gold medal stream Gore Creek. The Gore flows through the Vail Valley, and is almost all public. Classified as one of Colorado’s Gold Medal Waters, Gore Creek is an excellent habitat for trout. With its crystal clear water, anglers can spot fish, and need to be quite stealth when approaching. The dry fly fishing is excellent.
Town of Avon Known as the “Heart of the Valley” for its geographic location as well as its strong sense of community and family-friendly atmosphere, Avon is a great place for both residents and visitors. Whether skiing, hiking, paddling the Eagle River or enjoying a leisurely day in town, you’ll find that launching your mountain adventures from Avon is easy and convenient. Eagle River winds along town bike paths with easy access.
Wolcott Eagle River campground gavel parking with dirt roads leading to fishing and picnicking areas. The Wolcott Yacht Club is a great restaurant and they are providing lunches during the championship sessions. Stop by for a meal or cold drink.
Town of Eagle Eagle River access near the Welcome Center and other locations and lease access. The Town of Eagle is the Statutory Town that is the county seat of Eagle County, Colorado, United States. Eagle is an active community with a friendly small town feel. Its deep roots as a ranch town provide visitors with a unique Colorado experience. That old west flavor, coupled with Eagle’s cultural amenities, allow guests a relaxed vacation with a non-resort feel. Moe’s BBQ is a local favorite in Eagle and they will be providing lunches during the championship sessions.
Town of Gypsum Eagle River access through the Gypsum Ponds and the Gypsum Campgrounds. Just 30min. from the world class skiing of Beaver Creek and 45min. from Vail, the Town of Gypsum is located at the west end of the Eagle Valley. Gypsum is nestled along the Eagle River and is scattered with rolling hills and farm land. If you turn 360 degrees you will see more than one mountain range in the distance.
Colorado River near Lions Gulch and above to Cottonwood. The Colorado near Dotsero can be fished at and above the Lions Gulch camping area, 5 miles north up Colorado River Road. Cottonwood put in area is above this, a few more miles, for excellent fishing.
Vail Pass offers bank fishing still water practice. This lake is typical of the Loch Venues. Located 10,617 feet above sea level, there are no boat launches here, so practice is from the bank. Black Lake is on Vail Pass, I-70 exit 190, and can be seen along the service road. The lower lake is not typical of the loch venues.
Summit County is located among the high peaks of the Colorado Rockies, just on the west side of the Continental Divide. Perhaps the county’s most majestic characteristic is its towering altitude, from a low of 7,947 feet above sea level at Green Mountain Reservoir to a sky-scraping 14,270 feet at Gray’s Peak. This high and dry climate blesses the region with powdery white snow in the winter and pleasantly warm, sunny days in the summer. Several mountain ranges converge in the county, including portions of the Gore Range, the Tenmile Range, and the Front Range.
The county is centrally located in Colorado, being only an hour’s drive from the Denver metropolitan area. Interstate 70 (I-70), the state’s main east-west transportation corridor, bisects the county and enhances the proximity of the county to Denver / Front Range communities. This proximity to a large metropolitan area has contributed greatly to the county’s popularity as a mountain recreational area.
Among Summit’s impressive features is the beautiful Blue River, generating three times the flow of any other river contributing to the Colorado River Basin. In the early 1960s, the Denver Water Board took advantage of this river’s peak water flow and dammed the Blue River to create the 2,790-acre Dillon Reservoir. Green Mountain Reservoir, just north of Silverthorne, also utilizes the Blue River to generate power and provide irrigation to nearby ranchlands. The Blue River and its primary tributaries, the Snake River and the Tenmile Creek, define the county’s contours, cutting deep valleys into the area’s mountainous terrain.
The Blue River has public access areas. There are two places to sample the Blue River’s competition water. First is the public drive/walk in off Trough road. The second is the public tailwater trails below Green Mountain Reservoir.
Town of Frisco on Dillon Reservoir has Frisco Bay Marina where boats may be rented for practice fishing. The marina is official practice water. Frisco, Colorado sits right in the heart of Summit County, and, while it may look and feel charming, inside this town beats the heart of adventure! That heart keeps a wholesome rhythm, and pushes pure Colorado Rocky Mountain lifestyle that includes the whole family through our streets and sidewalks.
Officers Gulch Pond alpine still water practice. Officer’s Gulch is located mid-way between the towns of Frisco and Copper Mountain. If beginning in Frisco, proceed west on interstate I-70 for 2-3 miles to Exit 198. If beginning in Copper Mountain, proceed east on I-70 for 2-3 miles to Exit 198. There are no boat launches here, so practice is from the bank.
Enjoy the wonderful waters of Colorado.
Public Water is open to any angler with a current Colorado Fishing License. All State and local laws must be followed. Colorado Parks & Wildlife Fishing in Colorado means opportunity and a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. And Colorado offers everything in between, too. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from.