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Arkansas Headwaters Getaway Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado, United States of America

3 Anglers Maximum

Non-Member Access Fee $125 per angler per day

Cutthroat Member Access Fee $100 per angler per day

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Camping Available $50 per person per day

This beautiful property includes approximately 3/4 mile of gold medal water on the world famous Arkansas River. The location is a short drive from downtown Salida, Colorado. You can expect to catch 12-16″ brown and rainbow trout. We love this property for dry fly fishing season during the summer and early fall. Camping is permitted on this property so make a long weekend out of it. You won’t be disappointed! River access could not be any easier for younger anglers and people with mobility issues.

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Features and Amenities


Fishing access. Catch and release only.
Camping. Camping is permitted for an additional $50 per day.


Reviews (9)

4.9 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 4.9
Location 4.9
Cleanliness 5.0
  • Ryan Thomas
    August 30, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Late Aug had a great day on the Arkansas. First cast of the day at the ‘big hole’ nailed a nice rainbow. Caught a bunch of nice size Brownies up and down the stretch. Loved the different elements of the river. Big holes, riffles, deep float, pocket fishing. Easy parking, river access I found to be fine, but did a little bushwhacking. Def will visit again.

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  • Steve Yingling
    August 9, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Fished this place over the July 4th holiday and was really nice. The water was a bit cloudy from all the rains but very fish able and we caught several browns in the 14-16 range. Where the owners let you camp is outstanding. Nice little stretch of river to have to yourself.
    Cant wait to go back

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  • Alan Potter
    July 29, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    My timing regarding the weather was not the best as the rivers were pretty flooded and dirty! However, the section I fished was easy to find and accessible, and as the day progressed the level dropped and the clarity improved slightly. It’s a well-kept property at this section of the river and during regular flows, it must offer some good opportunities. I fished throughout the day along the edges and although conditions were challenging I had some success in landing 5 nice brown trout. It was nice to have a section of the river to myself.

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  • Scott
    July 19, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Great camping and fishing spot along the Arkansas River. Owners are super nice and accommodating. Will be back!

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  • Andy Roach
    April 26, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Fished with an out of state friend the last week in April. It was awesome to have a private stretch of water to fish, as it was very busy that weekend in the Salida area. The owners Christy and Homer were very welcoming. Caught some nice 14”-15” inch brownies. They fight above their size. Nice job RareWaters! I might have to camp the next time I visit 🙂

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  • Joel Sironen
    March 9, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Great stretch of water for two or three anglers. Runs, pools and long riffles all produced those great Arkansas River Browns. Fished it early in February and still managed to nymph-up some fish into the net. This water will produce all year long and I recommend it. Parking and access are easy and, while there is a house on the property, you are pretty well off on your own. Enjoy!

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  • Erin
    January 22, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    The views were AMAZING. Ducks and eagles all around getting some sun on the banks. Deep riffles and smaller streams were found around an island. We could have spent all day here. We hopped in the truck and made our way upstream. Flies were coming off a large 1/4 mile stretch of water. There are boulders scattered around that are probably covered in summer with higher flows. We fished behind the boulders and pulled out some nice browns. If I were to come back here in summer, I would swing soft hackles and throw a dry dropper rig. Not very many deep holes on the top of the property but lots of beautiful riffles and seams. The casting was easy as a lot of brush has been cut away. We didn’t camp but definitely would! Lots of scenic property with horse stables and doves flying from tree to tree.

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    October 18, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Great property on an awesome stretch of water. Definitely caught fish. The river has a bit of everything from ripples to runs to banks with structure. Highly recommend you do yourself a favor and have a visit. Owners are super friendly and accommodating. I’ll be back!

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  • Fred Frazzini
    October 4, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    We enjoyed a long successful day on this property. Greeted by very friendly owner, who explained the really easy access. We were able to stay on property to eat lunch off the back of our vehicle. No mention of restroom facilities and we did not ask or impose. Water was perfect, weather a bit warm, but we both caught fish.

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