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Fishing: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

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Big Meadows Reservoir

Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
USGS Maps: Spar City

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General Description

Big Meadows Reservoir
Copyright: L. Carr - US Forest Service
Big Meadows Reservoir
Rainbow trout, brook trout and some native cutthroat trout are in the reservoir. The fish are generally less than 12" long. There is ample parking and turn around space and a paved boat ramp at the north end. Boating is suitable for rafts to small motor boats. Big Meadows campground is located next to the reservoir. There is handicap access with fishing piers and wheelchair trails. Ice fishing is possible in the winter which can be accessed via snowmobile or cross-country skis on Big Meadows Road.

Directions from Del Norte: Travel 27.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 160 to Forest Road # 410. Take FR # 410 west for 2 miles.

Directions from South Fork: Travel west on U.S. Highway 160 8.0 miles to Forest Road # 410. Take FR # 410 west for 2 miles.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Road closes when snow sets in; access for ice fishing is then possible on snowmobiles or skis.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Farrell Fenner (Nocona, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Been fishing at Big Meadows Reservoir every year for the past 18 years. Last week in June and 1st week in July, Excellent fishing on the far side of the lake away from the boat ramp and around the by the streams coming in.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Paved boat ramp at north end
ICON Boating Suitable for rafts
ICON Powered Boating Small motor boats
ICON Camping Big Meadows Campground
ICON Cross-country Skiing Big Meadows Road
ICON Cold Water Fishing Rainbow trout, brook trout and some native cutthroat trout
ICON Ice Fishing Access via snowmobile or cross-country skis on Big Meadows Road
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Big Meadows Reservoir
ICON Picnicking Big Meadows Family Picnic Ground
ICON Snowmobiling Big Meadows Road

Related Activities
Archuleta Creek Trail - Once you reach Cochetopa Pass (3.2 miles) the historical markers along the Continental Divide give a sense of history to the trail. About 8.0 miles into the trail you will ride/hike through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers.

Big Meadows Campground - Attractions include fishing at Big Meadows Reservoir and in the South Fork of the Rio Grande, access to the Weminuche Wilderness via the Archuleta Creek Trail 839, visiting Cascade Falls.

Gibbs Trail - This trail follows a portion of the eastern boundary of the Weminuche Wilderness and has not been maintained for years.

Hope Creek Trail - This trail goes from timbered land along the creek to high alpine areas at the base of Sawtooth Mountain. The last 1/2 mile is above timberline and offers magnificent scenery.

Kitty Creek Trail - The trail is steep and susceptible to wind fall trees. In general, the trail is very scenic and maintains a steady incline along the creek.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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