North Anthracite flows into Anthracite Creek, which in turn flows into the North fork of the Gunnison River just below Paonia Reservoir.
The lower end of the Anthracite Creek flows through private property which hampers access for the fisherman. Above Erikson Springs Campground, the creek flows through National Forest land.
It is approximately five miles from the campground to the confluence with North Anthracite Creek. This section of Anthracite Creek offers the fly fisherman some superb fishing. The creek averages between twenty and thirty feet wide with a combination of fast water and many deep pools. Camping along this section is very limited because of the near vertical rock walls on the south side of the creek and very steep terrain on the north side.
North Anthracite Creek begins at Ragged Mountain and flows south for seven miles into Anthracite Creek. This creek also offers very good fishing with fast water and pools, and many beaver ponds at the upper end of the creek.
To fish North Anthracite Creek, the fisherman will either have to backpack in or have the use of a horse to get him into this remote area. This area offers the recreationist some fantastic scenery of the ruby Range, Ragged Mountain and their drainages.
Directions from Paonia: Travel northeast on Hwy 133 to Kebler Pass Road #012. Follow Kebler Pass Road #012 to Erikson Springs Campground. Trails #510 and #509 follow these creeks.