Early morning in Grand County Colorado is astonishingly quiet, except for the sound of the bird calls and the trickle- or roar, depending where you are- of melting water. As the snow melts, the waters rise, and H2o activity lovers say, “bring it!”
Rafting is an incredible way to experience the diversity of our flora and fauna. If you want a combo of flat water and white water, take a paddle on a raft, duckie or stand up paddleboard on the Colorado River. The most popular stretch is west of Kremmling on County Road 1 from Pumphouse to State Bridge. Join a guided trip with the experts: Mad Adventures has provided river fun since 1984, from mild to wild.
Stand up paddleboarding (aka SUP) has snagged the attention of athletic water lovers here. Paddle below awe inspiring peaks on Meadow Creek Reservoir east of Tabernash, or find solitude on Willow Creek Reservoir on Hwy 34. If you don’t mind sharing the pond with motors, choose Lake Granby, Grand Lake, or investigate the islands and inlets of Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Short on time or new to the sport? Check out the Town of Fraser ponds located mid way between Winter Park and Fraser on the east side. Rent a board from Icebox Mountain Sports in Fraser. All of the above water bodies are awesome to explore from the seat of a canoe as well.
Alpine angling opportunities are abundant in the Fraser Valley. If lure or bait fishing tickles your fancy, head to one of the above-mentioned lakes/reservoirs, or check out the stocked Fraser Valley Lions club fishing ponds in Fraser- one designated for kids, the other for adults. If fly fishing is more your style, the Fraser River which flows from Berthoud Pass into the Colorado at Granby, the St. Louis Creek in the Fraser experimental forest or the Colorado River are all easily accessible. To learn fly-fishing from local experts, book a private trip on their own private waters with Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort. Purchase fishing licenses at Murdoch’s in Fraser or the Sulphur Ranger District Forest service office in Granby.
For a land locked county in a land locked state, there are surprisingly many high mountain lakes, streams, rivers and reservoirs on which to play. You can find maps right here, or stop at the Winter Park Info Center on U.S. Hwy 40 and Rendezvous Road.