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
Regulations and Additional Information
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.
REGULATIONS APPLYING TO ALL LAKES:
- fishing is by artificial flies and lures only (scented flies or lures, 1.5" or longer, may be used)
- Bag and possession limit is 2 fish for all 3 lakes combined
- All brown trout between 14-20" must be returned to the water immediately upon catch
- all rainbow trout, cutthroat and cutbows between 18-22" must be returned to the water immediately upon catch
EAST DELANEY BUTTE LAKE: (65 acres) The maximum depth is 34-feet, average depth is 10-12 feet.
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.
Special Restriction for North Delaney Butte Lake: Fishing is prohibited from the dam and within 100 feet of the dam from 9/15-11/15. Fishing is prohibited in the inlet, upstream of the standing water line.
SOUTH DELANEY BUTTE LAKE: (150 acres) At maximum the lake is 56 surface acres; maximum depth is 26 feet, average depth is 10-12 feet.
Special Restriction for South Delaney Butte Lake: Fishing is prohibited in the inlet, upstream of the standing water line.
Area CPW Office: Steamboat Springs, (970) 870-2197.