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Fishing Opportunities Abound in South Park!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides substantial access to outstanding fishing opportunities in South Park. This area includes the Middle and South Fork of the South Platte River and several reservoirs from the head waters at 10,800 in Alma down to 8,500 feet at 11-Mile Reservoir . Some of these are world famous gold metal waters like the Dream Stream in Charlie Meyers SWA, Spinney Mountain Reservoir, Tomahawk SWA. There are 58-miles of stream and river access, 22 miles of access in Badger basin SWA alone! Unfortunately, there are areas like the south fork below Antero Reservoir that is a poster child for what can go wrong when an area if overgrazed. But this provides an opportunity for CMCTU to restore in collaboration with CPW.

South Park containing the Middle and South Fork of the South Platte river, Tarryall Creek, 11-mile Reservoir, Spinney Mountain Reservoir, Antero Reservoir and Terryall Reservoir.

South Park containing the Middle and South Fork of the South Platte river, Tarryall Creek, 11-mile Reservoir, Spinney Mountain Reservoir, Antero Reservoir and Terryall Reservoir.

 

Perhaps the healthiest and prettiest section of the South Platte…

A healthy Stream, the South Platte in Tomahawk SWA in South Park. Notice all the willows!

A healthy Stream, the South Platte in Tomahawk SWA in South Park. Notice all the willows!

 

Perhaps the Most famous section of the South Platte getting some much neded restoration work courtesy of our colleagues at CPW…

Construction on the Dream Stream. Where are the willow? Ask Don at the February meeting.

CPW restoration project on the Dream Stream in 2014, narrowing the channel and creating holding water.

A finished undercut on the Dream Stream thanks to Matt and the CPW team.

And the finished product, and undercut on the Dream Stream thanks to the CPW team.

And hands down the worst section of the South Platte (unless your a buffalo looking for a drink….

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Sections of the Middle Fork of the South Platte where the Easement fences have been taken out.

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The stream is well abused by the local buffalo herd. The stream is only inches deep and silted in for several miles.

Below are links where you can get an idea of all the opportunities to fish in the South park area offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. And if you are willing to work for your fishing don’t forget the headwaters streams in the surrounding Pike National Forest including Lost Creek Wilderness.