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Roaring Fork River

Handicapped Accessible: Access Ramp Veltus Park, public water 1/3 mile.
Recommended Season: Year-round The river flows year round, and fishing can be good.


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General Description

The lower Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has its last major tributary, the Crystal river, enter just below Carbondale. From here downstream to the confluence with the Colorado River, the river falls the least amount, and is the most popular stretch with the floating fisherman. The water slows and widens, and although larger than in any of its other sections, often seems tamer and more manageable. Hatches start in this part of river sooner, but usually do not last as long. The largest fish of the entire Roaring Fork live in this stretch, with several fish over 10 pounds having been landed in the last few years.

Public Access:
Glenwood to Carbondale:
1. Veltus Park on west side of river; Handicap access ramp;
2. City of Glenwood Property on east side of river, between 17th and 18th streets;
3. Sunlight Bridge east side of river from bridge to Berthod Motors (Garfield County property;
4. Glenwood Park Subdivision from park at entrance down Three Mile Creek on both sides to confluence of Roaring Fork River, upstream on south side of Roaring Fork River to last house in Glenwood Park Subdivision and downstream from Three-mile Creek on the south side of Roaring Fork River for approximately 200 yards;
5. City of Glenwood at airport, south end of airport runway, south along the Roaring Fork on the west side for approximately 1/3 mile;
6. West Bank Bridge, Garfield County property, both sides of the bridge, both sides of the river; then upstream on north side of river to centerline of river as posted.



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ICON Cold Water Fishing The lower Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has its last major tributary, the Crystal river, enter just below Carbondale. From here downstream to the confluence with the Colorado River, the river falls the least amount, and is the most popular stretch with the floating fisherman.
ICON Float Fishing The best way to fish the lower Roaring Fork River is by floating it. The water slows and widens and, although larger than in any of its other sections, often seems tamer and more manageable. This is the easiest section to float, as there are the least amounts of obstacles, and the boat passes good spots slowly in comparison to the upper sections.
ICON Fishing Roaring Fork-Lower River Section
Yes
ICON Rafting & Kayaking The lower Roaring Fork River from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs has its last major tributary, the Crystal river, enter just below Carbondale. From here downstream to the confluence with the Colorado River, the river falls the least amount. The water slows and widens, and although larger than in any of its other sections, often seems tamer and more manageable.



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