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.
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The Roaring Fork River, just below Carbondale
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.
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 to Glenwood Springs. In Glenwood Springs follow the signs to Hwy 82. Once on Hwy 82 drive East towards Carbondale. The highway follows the river from Carbondale to Basalt and there are numerous access spots.
Directions from Aspen: Take Hwy 82 west out of Aspen towards Glenwood Springs. You will come to a light on the highway at the town of Carbondale. The river follows the highway, but the access in Carbondale requires you taking a left at the light.
January through December
(NOTE: The Lower Roaring Fork is a year round fishery. It provides the best Winter fishing in the state for both large trout and trophy mountain whitefish. The Fork delivers good fishing anytime of the year, in fact, except during Spring runoff.)