Lake Fork Gunnison River State Wildlife Area

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Lake Fork Gunnison River State Wildlife Area

This small State Wildlife Area fishing easement is only a hundred yards from the highway, but gets very few visitors. The rushing stream is lined with willows and some cottonwoods, and you can find many nesting species of bird including Yellow Warbler, American Dipper, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. The canyon walls provide nesting areas for White-throated Swifts and Violet-green Swallows. If you watch the running water closely, you might see a brown, rainbow or cutthroat trout rise to the surface of this gold-medal fishery river.

County: Hinsdale

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow

Directions: The SWA is just off CO 149, along a small, unmarked road that angles sharply to the northeast, 7 miles north of Lake City, and 38 miles south of the intersection of CO 149 and US 50.

Delorme: 67 C7-D7
Roads of Colorado: 116 A2-A3

Dates of Access: Open all year
Ownership: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Admission: A valid hunting or fishing license, or State Wildlife Area pass is required for everyone 16 or older accessing any state wildlife area or state trust lands.

Restrictions: Please abide by all CPW rules and regulations. This SWA is a fishing easement that only runs along the river for 3 miles, respect private property.

Parking: Unpaved parking along the road
Lodging: Hotels in Lake City

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Some viewing from car

Latitude: 38.09488
Longitude: -107.29241

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