Activities in Estes Park, CO
Estes Park fishing locations include wild rivers, gentle streams and tranquil lakes – each offering a variety of fish and marine life, all on the junction between the Big Thompson and Fall Rivers.
Notable fishing rivers are Roaring River, which still displays scars from when the Lawn Lake Dam failed and flooded in 1982, and Glacier Creek, which features almost every type of water and terrain for the angler. A variety of trout, including Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Greenback Cutthroat can be found here. Lakes such as The Loch, where a remarkable amount of insect life has led to an above-average fish population, and Dream Lake, a good location for younger fly fishers to learn, are also recommended.
More than 16 lakes, 20 rivers and 24 catch-and-release areas can also be found at the Rocky Mountain National Park, located close by Estes Park. These rivers, the source for many popular fishing areas on the east and west sides of the U.S., are noted for their stocks of Rainbow, Brown, Colorado River, Greenback and Brook trout. Boat rentals and fishing charters can be arranged for at Shadow Mountain Lake, Lake Granby and Grand Lake.
Finally, for visitors wishing to stay within Estes Park, Mary's Lake and Lake Estes, which also has a marina, provide further opportunities. The town also has many shops and marinas which can help provide information about the necessary Colorado fishing license. Licenses are not required at privately owned ponds.