Feisty Mountain Trout & Blue Ribbon Waters

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Cradled by an amphitheater on the east, the majesty of Mt. Abrams and Red Mountain Pass to the south and Box Cañon Falls to the west, Ouray has many watery treasures. Sparkling rivers, glittering streams and shimmering alpine lakes wink at you as soon as you arrive in Ouray and beckon you to play. Most every trail or Jeep road you follow will lead you to a crystal clear body of water, and waterfalls abound almost everywhere you look during the snowmelt season in June.

Set aside some time to play in our beautiful waters; our local guides are always ready to show you their favorite secret falls and fishing holes and always have the best tips on water levels and hatches.

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Blue Ribbon Waters
The Uncompahgre River is the heart and soul of Ouray. Its water, fed by all of the surrounding alpine waterfalls and creeks, courses through the middle of town as it makes its way through Ridgway and Montrose north to the confluence with the Gunnison River near Delta. Ouray is centrally located within one hour of six major trout streams and rivers, which boast clean waters, feisty fish, and draw out the fisherman in everyone. There are secluded alpine lakes and streams full of stocked and native trout for the fisherman who likes an adventure and easily accessible sport waters along the Uncompahgre River corridor. The reservoir and catch-and-release waters in Ridgway State Park offer fishing opportunities for the whole family, including free fishing for kids during Huck Finn days in the summer. If you have never tried fishing during your winter vacation, we encourage you to give it a try. There’s nothing quite like having the whole river to yourself on a crisp, cloudless winter day.

Fishing Guide to rivers and lakes around Ouray is available for download here, or you can pick one up at the Ouray Visitor Center.

Regional Watery Highlights

  • Animas River
  • Bear Creek Falls
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  • Blue Lakes
  • Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • Box Cañon Falls Park
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Canyon Creek
  • Cascade Creek & Waterfalls
  • Cimarron River
  • Crystal Lake
  • Dallas Creek
  • Dolores River
  • Gunnison River
  • Ice Lakes
  • Portland Creek
  • Ridgway State Park Reservoir
  • San Juan River
  • San Miguel River
  • Silver Jack Reservoir
  • Twin Falls
  • Uncompahgre River
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