Middle Arkansas River

Canon City, Colorado 81215

Middle Arkansas River

Middle Arkansas River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Below Stone Bridge the river opens into a wide valley that spreads all the way to Parkdale. From Salida downstream U.S. Highway 50 parallels the river to Parkdale.

Early-season fishing on the Arkansas from Cañon City upstream to Buena Vista culminates in the famous caddis fly hatch, which draws anglers from all over the region. The hatch begins downriver and works its way upstream to peak in late April or early May. In normal precipitation years, runoff begins in early May, and as the river reaches up to 3,000 cfs, off-colored water discourages all but the most dedicated angler. The Arkansas is predominantly brown trout water."

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Canon City
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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
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