The waters of Leigh Lake at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming reflect the deep green of the surrounding trees. Photographer Dennis Liew enjoyed this perfect moment with his girlfriend. “We canoed to the eastern side to watch the sun light up the mountains. It was a serene moment; the air was calm and not a soul there disturbed the peace.” Photo courtesy of Dennis Liew.
Make a trip down the Gunnison River, which flows through the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, for some world-class trout fishing in gold-medal waters! Nearly all the Gunnison River within the NCA is designated gold medal trout water, which technically means it supports 60 pounds of trout and at least 12 trout larger than 14 inches per acre. In layman’s terms, this just means it’s one of Colorado’s best spots for fly fishing.
The river’s cold, clear water support a variety of trout. Brown trout are the most abundant, but rainbow trout are also becoming more plentiful in the area. You can access the NCA, about 50 miles south of Grand Junction, via several four-wheel-drive roads and then backpack, day-hike or float the river to get your fishing fix.
At the heart of the NCA is the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area, a backcountry area with remote beauty and some of the most pristine waters of the river. Special rules apply within the wilderness and on all gold medal trout fisheries to preserve the original nature of these special areas. A great #mypubliclandsroadtrip!