Bellvue-Watson SFU (Hatchery)
! STATE WILDLIFE AREA (SWA) ALERT !
4936 West CR 52E, Bellvue, Colorado 80512 From Ft. Collins, take HWY 287 North. Veer west (left) onto HWY 287-B (CR-54G) toward La Porte. Just north of LaPorte, go west on CR-52E (Rist Canyon Rd) approx. 1 mile to the hatchery.
min. 5,120 ft - max 5,287 ft
Bellvue, 91 acres; Watson, 128 acres.
Bird watching;#Nature trail;#
Public access is prohibited along the west bank of the Poudre River adjacent to the employee housing.Dogs are prohibited.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds visitors to check current hunting, fishing and land use regulations when planning to visit a State Wildlife Area. Refer to the Recreational Lands Brochure
, as well as the Fishing and Hunting Regulation Brochures
located on the Regulations Brochures Page
. State Wildlife Area visitors can also find rules and regulations information in Chapter 9 Regulations
The Watson Lake Unit raises rainbow trout, rainbow/cutthroat trout hybrids, cutthroat trout, splake (a brook trout & lake trout hybrid), and brown trout. The Watson Lake Unit raises approximately 300,000 catchable trout each year. The nearby Bellvue Unit annually raises approximately 1.5 million sub-catchable trout. The Bellvue facility is only open by appointment.
Phone (970) 482-1659