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Where to Go Arkansas River – Salida

This section of the Arkansas River provides Gold Medal fly fishing for Brown and Rainbow trout. With 60 miles of river frontage on either side of Salida, you can always find your own spot to cast your line. Best fished before May 10th and the famous "Mother's Day" hatch or after run-off ends sometime in early July. August 15th is also the date augmented flows for the rafting business end and the river returns to a lower flow.


Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Brochure and Map

Directions - 111 Miles - 2 Hours 9 Minutes

  1. Head south on S 21st St toward US-24 W 8 s (85 ft)
  2. Continue on US-24 W/W Hwy 24 to Chaffee County 1 h 53 min (103 mi)
  3. Follow CO-291 S to I St in Salida