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Southeast Region Outdoor Adventure Weekend
Friday, July 28

Join CPW for the Southeast Region Outdoor Adventure Weekend to learn about firearms safety, hunting, outdoor survival and more! Check in begins Friday 10 am and sessions run through Sunday afternoon. Sessions include: firearms safety, outdoor survival, hunting different types of big game, small game and waterfowl, as well as opportunities to shoot archery, muzzleloaders, shotguns and rifles. Participants may take the Hunter Safety Education test at the end of the event to obtain their Hunter Safety certification. Space is limited to 50 kids, register soon!

Family Fishing Clinic with Loveland Fishing Club
Saturday, August 5

Join a park naturalist and the Loveland Fishing Club in South Heinricy Parking Lot to learn about Colorado fishes and how to make a catch, from setting up your rod to casting, reeling, and handling. Loaner rods and gear will be available with reservation. Live bait, hooks, and bobbers will be provided. Ages 16+ are required to have a fishing license. Please RSVP early as this clinic is limited to 20 people. You can register by phone at (970) 669-1739 or email at dnr_interp.boydlake@state.co.us. No registration fee.

Fly Fishing 101 at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Saturday, August 5

Join volunteer naturalist Ken to learn the in's and outs of fly fishing, including how to tie flies, different stages of the fly's life cycle, and the art of casting with a fly fishing rod. 10 am - 12 pm

Fly Fishing the South Platte; Eleven Mile State Park
Saturday, August 5

Join local Fly Fishing Guide and owner of the Peak Fly Shop Brad Tomlinson for a look at a few of his own successful techniques that will make your fly fishing experience more productive on the Dream Stream. If time permits he may even give some hints about tying flies.

Fly Fishing Basics
Tuesday, August 8

Learn the difference between fly fishing and spin casting and give it a try!

Mentor Day
Saturday, August 12

Kids 18 & under will want to join us to learn more about outdoor skills!

Adventure Day
Saturday, August 12

Up for an adventure? Like to win prizes? Enjoy being outdoors? Then head to Cheyenne Mountain State Park on Saturday, Aug. 12 for Adventure Day.

Something’s Fishy
Saturday, August 19

Kid’s Program; Eleven Mile State Park Kids- Anyone can catch a fish, but how would you like to make a fish? Bring a parent and join an interpreter for a fun morning of fishy crafts; including the ancient Japanese art of Gyotaku.

Fly Fishing Basics
Tuesday, August 22

Learn the difference between fly fishing and spin casting, and give it a try!

Fly Fishing South Park; Eleven Mile State Park
Saturday, August 26

Join local Fishing Guide Mike Keith for a fly fishing tour down the South Platte River as it travels through South Park. Discover what flies to use, where and most especially when to use them. The talk will include a very basic explanation on fly patterns, what works and why, with a number of sample flies available for viewing. A quick demo of proper fly casting technique will also be completed if the wind cooperates.

Crawfishin’ Expedition
Sunday, September 3

Join Eleven Mile State Park Interpreter Charlene, for this crawfishin’ expedition to hunt the wily crawdads of Eleven Mile Reservoir. Poles and bait will be provided, as well as a few tasty crawdad recipes! Bring a container for your catch

18th Annual Serious Fishermen Team Pike Tournament
Saturday, September 9

The annual pike fishing tournament is hosted by Eleven Mile Sports. The contest will take place at the North Boat Ramp of Eleven Mile State Park. The field consists of up to 150 two-man teams. A total of ten (10) pike may be weighed-in by each team and cash prizes are awarded to the top teams.

7th Annual Dutch Oven & Chili Cook-off at Jackson Lake
Saturday, September 16

The purpose for this Dutch oven and Chili cook-off is to have fun, to enjoy good food, to share our enthusiasm for chili and Dutch oven cooking, to get outdoors, and the use of state’s natural resources. Registration is required.

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Colorado Fishing Atlas ​

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or you’ve never picked up a rod before, finding a place t​o fish in Colorado has never been easier!

The Colorado Fishing Atlas, the latest interactive mapping tool offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, allows users to search for fishing opportunities by species, specific interest or proximity to your home or destination. Use the simple map interface to locate and view recommended opportunities for the family, remote fly fishing or ice fishing.

Additional information such as handicap accessible fishing access, stocked waters, boat ramps, special fishing regulations, stream gages (including links to real time data), license agents and Gold Medal waters is included on top of Bing ™ street maps, USGS topographic maps or high resolution color aerial photography.

The Fishing Resource Report provides a printable report of all nearby Fishing Information Points and associated species, CPW, BLM and USFS Offices, emergency facilities, campgrounds and license agents within a chosen distance of a map click location.

Spend a few minutes viewing a series of short video tutorials to learn about all the great new features or jump right in and start scouting from the comfort of your home today using the Colorado Fishing Atlas.

Maps of Statewide Fishing Waters

Fishing map graphic

Fish map QR codeLooking for a new place to fish? Browse and download our Statewide Fishing Waters maps​ that help anglers navigate the special regulations on some of Colorado's po​​pular rivers, streams and lakes. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife maps depict special fishing rules for the areas.

​Scan the QR code to store the maps on your smartphone. 

101 (+) Places to Take a Kid Fishing

Go Fishing - Tips to Get Kids Started Video

 

101 Places to Take a Kid Fishing mapWith our interactive map, you'll be sure to find the perfect spot for a memorable family fishing adventure. These fishing spots have been selected for their features and amenities, making them great spots to take a kid fishing. See 101 (+) Places to Take A Kid Fishing.

Annual fishing licenses are now available. Licenses can be purchased at any license agent, CPW office​, online or by phone at 1-800-244-5613.​​

Hot Spots

​Fishing in Colorado means opportunity & a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. And Colorado offers everything in between, too. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from.

Colorado's 315 miles of Gold Medal streams provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. These waters are managed to ensure populations of big fish.

Fishing Colorado's Hot Spots highlights just some of the variety Colorado has to offer anglers.

Fly Fishing Colorado, DVD

Fly Fishing Colorado DVD cover Purchase "Fly Fishing Colorado" for a feature-length video journal of major fly-fishing events and top destinations for all species. Fly fishers of all skill levels will benefit from this comprehensive look at year-round fly fishing opportunities in Colorado. Each monthly entry is filled with action at recommended destinations, fly-fishing techniques, major insect hatches, and proven fly patterns. An innovative chapter menu allows the user to navigate quickly through the pages of a fly-fisher's journal for an entire year. The Fly Fishing Colorado DVD is available in our online store!​​​​​