Hunting and Fishing on State Wildlife Areas
in Rio Blanco County, Colorado

Mule deer
Mule deer bucks in the forest, late summer
Rio Blanco County State Wildlife Areas
Meeker Pasture
Oak Ridge
Rio Blanco Lake


Go 9 miles northeast of Meeker on Highway 13 to CR 30.
ACRES: 5,955
OPEN: July 16 to December 31
HUNTING: Black bear, elk, deer, small game, blue grouse, waterfowl
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, camping
RESTRICTIONS: Camping allowed only in designated areas.


Meeker Pasture

Go 1.5 miles north of Meeker on Highway 13 to CR 8, then go 2 miles east.
HUNTING: Waterfowl
FISHING: Coldwater stream
RECREATION: Picnicking, wildlife observation


Oak Ridge

Multiple units, all about 20 miles northeast of Meeker off of CR 8.
ACRES: 9,325
OPEN: July 16 to November 30
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game, dove, blue grouse, waterfowl
FISHING: Coldwater stream
RECREATION: Hiking, camping, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Drinking water, rest rooms, campsites, boat ramp

  • Camping allowed only in designated areas.
  • Sleepy Cat Ponds and Sleepy Cat fishing easement open only for fishing.
  • Only archery hunting allowed, and only south of CR 8, west of CR 17 and north and east of CR 10.
  • Waterskiing and jetskis not allowed on Lake Avery. Boating permitted only if it does not create a whitewater wake.


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


Rio Blanco Lake

Go 20 miles west of Meeker on Highway 64.
ACRES: 383
HUNTING: Small game, waterfowl
FISHING: Coldwater stream, warmwater lake
RECREATION: Waterskiing, power boating, camping in designated area, wildlife observation.
FACILITIES: Boat ramp, rest rooms

  • Minimum size for smallmouth and largemouth bass is 15".
  • Only 1 northern pike longer than 34" allowed per day.
  • No waterskiing allowed March 1 to June 15.
  • Field trials may be authorized February, March, August, and September only.
elk in a meadow
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