Home / Public Water



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.

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 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  Below the post office there is gavel parking with dirt roads leading to fishing.  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 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.

Google Map of Eagle River public access points – follow current signage and closures posted at locations, this is only for reference.

Gore Creek is a gold medal stream flowing through the Town of Vail.  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.

angler stephensColorado 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.

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.

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.

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.

Town of Dillon on Dillon Reservoir has Dillon Marina where boats may be rented to review the competition water.   Please enjoy the Tiki Bar and Grill at Dillon Marina.

Town of Frisco on Dillon Reservoir is the host for Sector V and the championship sessions.  Know the water boundaries and refer to this map of practice waters.  Staging will be from Frisco Bay Marina where boats may be rented for practice fishing.  Frisco Bay is competition water and all competitors must adhere to FIPS Mouche rules.  30.1. The following are prohibited:  (a) The fishing of competition sectors by competitors or their agents during a period of sixty days prior to the official start of the event.

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.


Enjoy the wonderful waters of Colorado.

Colorado Fishing Atlas Map Interactive Tool

Share this page