Numerous lakes and streams flowing into the Crystal River provide angling for Rainbow and Brook Trout. Some of the best fishing in the Crystal River drainage may be in the Thompson Creeks area. They flow into the river form the west 4.5 miles south of Carbondale. Angling for Rainbow and Cutthroat in these small streams may require a forest service map, observe posted signs and gates.
The Crystal River is an exciting and beautiful river for whitewater sport, but it is relatively unused. There are plenty of good class III and IV rapids, but you need to be there during the spring runoff when the flows are high. Runs: Avalanche Ranch to BRB Campground -Class III, watch out for low head dam and strainers Bogen Flats-Class IV, Beautiful Area, and not too difficult for a Class IV. Meat Grinder-Class V, unrunnable as of now because of logs.
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