Fishing the White River and the Flat Tops Wilderness Area’s remote lakes and streams offers an unforgettable backcountry experience. Crystal clear waters provide opportunities for everyone, from seasoned anglers to adventure seeking families. Fly fishing in Colorado mountain streams and trophy trout fishing opportunities are abundant and public fishing access on the White River can be found up and down the White River Valley.  Anglers can find solitude with opportunities to fly fish or spin cast from float tubes or may try their luck from the banks of high mountain lakes.


Ten new kiosks and a public fishing area map have been developed through a Fishing is Fun Grant with the Colorado Department of Wildlife. 

The kiosks are located along County Road 8 noting areas along the White River that are accessible to the public. These were installed to inform the public and to help avoid trespassing onto private property. The maps also include information about fish species and how to download the map to your phone. Signage along the rivers edge mark the boundary between private and public property.

Paper maps are available from the Meeker Chamber of Commerce at 710 Market Street. Digital Maps are available to download from Avenza.  

Meeker, Colorado offers fishing adventures of a lifetime with over 111 miles of fishable streams and 780 acres of lakes.  These high mountain streams and lakes host a variety of trout species including the Colorado River cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and pan-sized Brookies.  Some anglers might actually be lucky enough to hook an elusive tiger trout. The best-known lake in the region is Trappers Lake, at the end of FR 205. Other lakes to enjoy for a day hike from the road are Skinny Fish, McGinnis, Little Trappers, Big Fish, Mirror, and Anderson Lakes. Meeker offers experienced guides to pack you into some of the most remote fisheries in the state. This is Colorado fly fishing at its finest!


Rent a paddle board or kayak from White River Paddlesports (970) 306.7289

Trip Idea: County Road 12 heads south from CR 8 following Marvine Creek. A couple of miles are open near Marvine Campground, with more public access in the wilderness. Backpackers can take Trail 1823 to fish the creek and both Marvine lakes, a six-mile trip.