Arkansas River, CO


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This map includes public and private land designation, Forest Service land, BLM land, all public boat launches, fishermen parking areas, local area flyshop locations, campgrounds, key geographical landmark features, and more.

The Arkansas River fishing map covers 125 river from Leadville to Canon City. Overall the Arkansas stretches 1,469 miles from Leadville, CO to the Mississippi River, dropping more than 9,000 feet in elevation. Our coverage is about a third of its river miles flowing through Colorado which is designated as Gold Medal water. Through this section, the Arkansas cascades and tumbles, holding trout in deep pockets, and crystal clear runs. Because of the geography, the Arkansas is popular for whitewater rafters and kayakers, so in the high water of spring and early summer (the Arkansas trout fishery is not a tailwater), you may have to fish around the “kayak hatch” midday. High water calls for streamers and nymphs, but as the summer progresses, dry dropper combinations are incredibly productive.