Hunting and Fishing on
State Wildlife Areas
in Garfield County, Colorado

Garfield County, Colorado

Fravert Reservoir

RESTRICTIONS: Discharging firearms prohibited.


Garfield Creek

Go 2 miles southwest of New Castle on CR 312 to Garfield Creek Road, turn and go 1 mile south.
ACRES: 13,179
OPEN: July 16 to November 30, except for spring turkey hunting below and small game hunting above intersection of CR's 312 and 328.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, blue grouse
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: No camping except 7 days before start of regular big game seasons through 7 days after end of big game hunting seasons; no hunting allowed within 75 yards of the centerlines of CR's 312 and 328; No hunting in designated safety zone as posted; Dogs allowed only as hunting aid; No bicycles off CR's 312 and 328.


Parachute Ponds

RESTRICTIONS: Float tubes allowed only for fishing; No camping, fires or swimming allowed.



Several units, all along Piceance Creek Road and reached from Meeker.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game, sage and blue grouse, dove, waterfowl.
FISHING: Coldwater lake
RECREATION: Camping in designated areas, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Rest rooms, drinking water


Roaring Fork

RESTRICTIONS: No camping, fires or shooting of firearms allowed.


West Bank

Go south from Glenwood Springs on Highway 82, turn right at mile marker 5 on CR 154.
FISHING: Coldwater stream
RECREATION: Fishing access, boat launch
RESTRICTIONS: No camping, fires or shooting firearms allowed.


West Rifle Creek

Go north of Rifle for 4 miles on Highway 13 to Highway 325, turn right and go 6 miles to CR 252. Turn onto CR 252 and go 1 mile northwest.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, black bear, mountain lion, small game, turkey, dove, bobcat.
RECREATION: Wildife observation, hiking
FACILITIES: Drinking water, rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: No camping except from the day after Labor Day to December 31.

State Fish Units

Crystal River

Go 1 mile south of Carbondale on Highway 33.
RECREATION: Limited tours
RESTRICTIONS: No camping, hunting, dogs, fishing gear, or waders allowed.


Glenwood Springs

Go 2.2 miles north of Glenwood Springs along Mitchell Creek.
RECREATION: Limited tours, wildlife observation.
RESTRICTIONS: No camping or dogs allowed.


Rifle Falls

Go 15 miles north of Rifle on Highway 325
ACRES: 600
FISHING: Coldwater stream
RECREATION: Limited tours, wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: No dogs, fires or rock climbing allowed; No camping unless authorized by hatchery manager; No hunting in designated safety zones.

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