Delaney Butte Lakes SWA
! STATE WILDLIFE AREA (SWA) ALERT !
From Walden, go 1/2 mile west on HWY 14 to CR12; then go 5.3 miles west to CR18. Go 4.5 miles west on to CR5; then 1/2 mile north
min. 8,111 ft - max 9,311 ft
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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
Delaney Butte Lakes SWA is owned and managed by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a high-quality sport fishery and big game habitat area. Included in this 2,132 acre area are three lakes managed to provide an exceptional fishing experience.
EAST DELANEY BUTTE LAKE: (65 acres) Fishing is limited to artificial flies and lures only. The maximum depth is 34-feet, average depth is 10-12 feet. Rainbows and cutthroats 18-22 inches long must be returned to water immediately. Daily bag and possession limit is two fish for all three lakes combined.
NORTH DELANEY BUTTE LAKE: (205 acres) is one of only two Gold Medal Lakes in Colorado (the other is Spinney Mountain Reservoir in South Park). This lake is managed as a wild brown trout egg source for the entire state, providing a million plus eggs each year. Fishing is by artificial flies and lures only. All brown trout caught between 14-20 inches must be returned to the water immediately. Daily bag and possession limit is two fish for all three lakes combined. Rainbows and cutthroats 18-22 inches long must be returned to water immediately.
SOUTH DELANEY BUTTE LAKE: (150 acres) Daily bag and possession limit is two fish for all three lakes combined. At maximum the lake is 56 surface acres; maximum depth is 26 feet, average depth is 10-12 feet. Rainbows and cutthroats 18-22 inches long must be returned to water immediately.
Area CPW Office: Steamboat Springs, (970) 870-2197.