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Lots of Variety:
The Yampa River

by Karen Christopherson

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From the Flattops to the Green River, the Yampa has a long run of it. Starting in the mountains, this river traverses mostly high, dry rangeland and canyons. The flyfishing varies as much as the terrain. The Upper Yampa holds cold-water species whereas warm-water species are found downstream at river's end. Somewhere in-between, the two meet with opportunity to fish for trout and pike in the same river spot.

The Yampa is most popular as a floating river - this is a great way to see the scenery and fish at the same time. Plus you don't have to worry about hunting down access - let someone else do the worrying about getting in and out of the river while you JUST FISH!  However, there are numerous access points where you can do walk and wade or bank fishing.

Access- Wading or Shore

The Colorado State Parks, BLM, and DNR systems provides access points to the river, for fishing or for boat/raft take-in/take-out. They are: from upstream to downstream --
CSP=Colorado State Parks
BLM=Bureau of Land Management
SWA=State Wildlife Area

White River Nat'l Forest - headwaters Take Hwy 131 south from Steamboat to town of Yampa; turn southwest on Cnty Rd 7, Forest Rd 9 and follow the Bear River (a tributary of the Yampa) upstream; several lakes and creeks
Stagecoach State Park (CSP) Take Hwy131 south from Steamboat (off US40) for about 5 miles; turn south on Cnty Rd 14 and go 7 miles; access to river below dam. They have their own fishing report and info page.
Mike Wall, ranger at Stagecoach, took this photo of winter fishing in the tailwater.
Colorado tailwater fishing
Service Creek (SWA) Take Hwy131 south from Steamboat for 4.5 miles; turn southeast onto Cnty Rd 18 and follow for 7 miles (roads are confusing in this area)
  • Restrooms
Steamboat Springs - You can fish in town - all catch and release - watch out for kayakers and rafters Yampa in Steamboat
Parks Headquarters at the Yampa River (CSP) - open Spring 2000 - Go west from Hayden on US 40 about 2 miles. Access to the south. OR go west from Steamboat about 27 miles. OR go east from Craig on US 40 about 15 miles.
  • Picnic, camp, restrooms
Double Bridges (CSP) Go west from Hayden on US40 for 2 miles; access on south side of highway
  • Picnic, restrooms, boat ramp
Yampa River (SWA) Go east from Craig on US40 for 7 miles, OR west from Hayden for 6 miles
Craig - Access in town at Craig Golf Course and Loudy Simpson Park. Warm-species downstream from here
South Beach (CSP) Go south from Craig on Hwy 13 for 3 miles
  • Picnic, camp (permit required), restrooms, boat ramp
Duffy Mountain (CSP) Go west from Craig on US40 about 19miles; turn souht on Cnty Rd 17; travel about 10 miles and cross the river. Follow road to signed access area
  • Picnic, camp, restrooms, boat ramp
Juniper Canyon (CSP) Go west from Craig on US40 for 20 miles; turn south on Cnty Rd 53 travel 3.6 miles to Cnty Rd 74; turn right and go about 0.75 miles.
  • Picnic, camp, restrooms, boat ramp
Maybell Bridge (CSP) Go west from Craig on US40 for 28 miles; access on south side of highway
  • Picnic, camp, restrooms, boat ramp
Sunbeam (CSP) Go northwest of Maybell on Hwy 318; follow 6 miles to Cnty Rd 23, turn south and go 1 mile to access point
  • Picnic
East Cross Mountain (CSP) Go west from Maybell on US40 for 14.5 miles; turn north on Cnty Rd 85 and travel 2.5 miles to BLM Road 1551. Turn west, go thru gate, continue 1.5 miles to access.
  • Camp, picnic, restrooms, boat ramp
Cross Mountain (BLM) A wilderness study area. Go west from Maybell on US40; turn north on Deerlodge Park Rd and follow to parking area.
Dinosaur National Monument - Most access is by floating. There is access at east end of monument. Take the Deerlodge Park Rd north off of US40 (near Maybell) to access the Yampa. From here is 46 miles of river to the other reasonable access at Echo Park, where the Yampa and Green meet. A very historic and beautiful place!
  • Camp, picnic, restrooms
Colorado fishing Looking down on the river and spectacular country
Colorado fishing Echo Park Colorado fishing

Resources/Other Info:

Rules for the Yampa