Accessible only by foot, the Gunnison Gorge is a wilderness canyon for those who are willing to literally go the extra mile down to the river launch. The solitude and scenery found at the canyon floor make the hike down worth every step ... More info ›
Accessible only by foot, the Gunnison Gorge is a wilderness canyon for those who are willing to literally go the extra mile down to the river launch. The solitude and scenery found at the canyon floor make the hike down worth every step. Enter the wilderness world of the Gunnison Gorge on this 3-day fishing experience!
Colorado's Gunnison River Gorge is a fishing and whitewater paddler's paradise. The clear, cold waters of the Gunnison Gorge have been designated a Gold Medal Trout Fishery. Its narrow river corridor creates exciting class III whitewater action on a river that has been included into the National Park System in 2003. It is a hidden jewel, off the beaten path, tucked deep in steep granite walls below the Black Canyon National Park.
The meeting place for your 3-day excursion is the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park. You will meet up with your guide at approximately 7am on the morning of the first day of your trip. Your guide will provide you with a small 14" diameter by 22" high waterproof bag (backpack straps attached) to transfer your overnight gear into. You will carry your bag, along with your life jacket and any fishing gear down into the Gorge. This is a hike of one mile which drops over 2,000 feet and usually takes 25-35 minutes.
The drive from the Pleasure Park to the trailhead into the Gunnison Gorge is about 1.5 hours and your guides will transport you. An additional hour is generally required to hike down to the river, rig the remaining gear to boats and do the safety and environmental orientation of the Gunnison Gorge. Lunch is generally provided 1-2 miles downstream between 1pm and 2pm, so plan on eating a hearty breakfast before your morning meeting time. Food is available at the Pleasure Park Kiosk. They have flies, lures and miscellaneous fishing tackle, as well as an assortment of pop and beer.
Special regulations are in effect to protect the fishery which allows only one fish over 16″ and two under 12″ to be kept. Your guides encourage you to catch and release. A valid Colorado fishing license is required for this trip.