Fishing is one of the oldest recreational pursuits in the Gunnison Basin, and is an important contributor to the local tourism economy.
Here are some resources to learn more:
- Colorado Trout Unlimited has several chapters in the basin and is involved in numerous projects to protect and restore streams there.
- Where to fish in the Gunnison Region (information from the Colorado Fishing Network)
- Where to fish in the Uncompahgre Region (information from the Colorado Fishing Network)
- The interactive Colorado Fishing Atlas from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
- Information on Kokanee Salmon and Lake Trout fishing in Blue Mesa Reservoir from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Areas along rivers and streams are some of the best places to view birds and other wildlife.
- To learn about birdwatching trips and habitat projects in the Gunnison Basin, check with the Delta based Black Canyon Audubon Society or the Grand Junction based Grand Valley Audubon Society.
- Delta County regularly hosts large flocks of Sandhill Cranes in lake and wetland areas. Eckert Crane Days celebrates the cranes’ arrival each spring.
The Gunnison Basin’s many canyons provide spectacular views and numerous opportunities to hike alongside rushing water. The Gunnison Basin’s many canyons provide spectacular views and numerous opportunities to hike alongside rushing water.
- Perhaps the most spectacular views of the Gunnison River can be had at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where the canyon reaches a depth of over 2,700 feet.
- The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area provides access to many miles of hiking trails through the red rock canyons of the Uncompahgre Plateau.
- The Ouray Trail Group provides information on many trails along alpine tributaries to the Uncompahgre River.