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Fishing

FishingLakes and streams within the Alpine Triangle provide excellent fishing. Three major drainages, the Lake Fork of the Gunnison, Henson Creek, and the headwaters of the Rio Grande have brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout. The Animas River, from its headwaters to Needleton, does not support a viable fishery although some tributaries, such as Cunningham Gulch, do.

Those looking for readily accessible fishing spots have many to choose from. The upper Lake Fork and Henson Creek above Lake City are located near good gravel roads with frequent turnouts. Fishing spots range from cascading fast water to slow-moving riffle and pool areas to quiet beaver ponds.

Small to medium brook or rainbow trout are the usual catch, but the upper Lake Fork, Sloan Lake, and Cooper Lake have been stocked with native cutthroat trout. Lake San Cristobal offers fine fishing and boating.

The lower Lake Fork, north of Lake City, follows Highway 149 and also has good trout fishing. Much of the streamside is private property, but there are several stretches of public fishing marked with signs and turnouts. For those wanting to fish in more remote settings but still accessible by vehicle, look along the north fork of Henson Creek, the upper Rio Grande River, or reservoirs beyond Spring Creek Pass, the Deer Lakes area north of Slumgullion Pass and Cottonwood Creek.

Hardy souls that don't mind hiking a bit can find several streams and numerous mountain lakes along the hiking trails. Some popular lakes include Crystal, Waterdog, Cooper, Sloan and the nearby Powderhorn Lakes.