There are over 80 Lakes and reservoir in the area, 13 of which are 20 minutes from town. South Fork boasts the longest stretch of Gold Medal Waters in the entire state. Every Stream and creek has Brookies and getting there is half the fun!
Some of the ones closest to South Fork-
Easy to get to and walk around Lakes- Big Meadows, Beaver Creek, Pass Lake, Tucker Ponds, Millon Lake.
Alpine Lakes, require a bit of travel on Nation Forest Roads- Pouge Lake, Crystal Lakes, Road Canyon
Rivers- Rio Grande, South Fork
Creeks- Park Creek, Beaver Creek, Pass Creek, Embargo Creek, La Garita Creek, Bellows Creek
Many others above Creede, too many to mention!

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 For rules and regulations CO Division of Wildlife Click

Some of the many choices to fish click

Creede, South Fiork, Del Norte water flow reports Click

State water flow charts Click. click for hatches

Fly Fishing Colorado - July - Greenback Cutthroats click for VideoA

Kid's Fishing Derby at Tucker Ponds
Location Tucker Ponds, Rio Grande National Forest
Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend in the South Fork sun. Grab your poles and rods and go fishing at Tucker Ponds to win prizes and goodies. The Division of Wildlife will be on hand to give lessons and instructions to little anglers. Enjoy the hot dog lunch afterwards in the great outdoors.

South Fork Anglers

South Fork Anglers

The Rainbow Grocery at 30306 W US Highway 160, South Fork, CO 81154
(877) 656-3474 (FISH) or (719) 658-2955 •

Colorado Fly-Fishing at its Best! People all over the country consider Southwestern Colorado to be the greatest fly-fishing destination you could choose! Whether it’s the majestic Rio Grande River, beautiful mountain streams, or peaceful lakes; all surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, the Rio Grande Angler & South Fork Angler Guide Service provides you with access to a wide assortment of alluring fly-fishing waters.

Guide services out of Creede & South Fork

8200 Mountain Sports

8200 Mountain Sports

30923 W. Hwy 160, South Fork, CO 81154
(719) 873-1977 •

Raft rentals, Fishing guides, Bike Rentals, Ski/snowboards

8200 Mountain Sports caters to the outdoor enthusiast who loves spending time high in the Colorado mountains. Click

South Fork Anglers offers guided float and wade trips on the Rio as well as the South Fork river and many of its tributaries.Exclusive private water(s) are also available for an additional rod fee.Trips run daily meeting at either 8200 Mountain Sports in South Fork or up river at our sister store in Creede, Rio Grande Angler.

Doc's Outdoor Sports

Doc's Outdoor Sports

31101 W. Hwy. 160, South Fork, CO 81154
(719) 873-5151 •

We are your "Prescription for Outdoor Fun!". Doc's is South Fork's four season sporting goods store. Let us help outfit you for all of your outdoor needs. Doc's offers a full line of sporting goods including: fishing, camping, hunting, backpacking,outdoor sportswear, gifts, fresh fudge, Hunting & Fishing Licenses, and ski & snowboard  rentals.

Rainbow Grocery and Sporting Goods

Rainbow Grocery and Sporting Goods

30359 US Hwy 160, South Fork, CO 81154

Our staff is knowledgeable about area lake and stream fishing. We have complete Rio Grande River Gold Medal Fishing maps, stream flow and flies that are currently working on the river.  Guide services are available. Come by and browse our trophy selection of camping, hunting and outdoor gear. We have what you need all in one place!

Rocky Mountain Ski and Raft

Rocky Mountain Ski and Raft

South side of junction of 149 and 160

Rafting, Bike, Guide Fishing, Ski/snowboard rentals

Take a float down the Rio Grande and enjoy the beauty of the mountains in South Fork, Colorado. For most of the year the Rio Grande is a mild class I and II river, great for the whole family!

Boats: All our boat rentals include PFD's and paddles. We rent brand new Aire Tributary self-bailing boats, built to last! They have several air chambers to ensure a safe float down the river. Self-guided trip rates include transportation to and from the river for the boats and your group in our first class shuttle bus. Haul it yourself rates require you to pick up and return the boat to our store. All boat rentals are self-guided trips


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