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Grand Gunnison River Ranch Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

Austin, Colorado, USA

4 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $125 per guest

Camping per day: starting at $50 per guest

Access 1.5 miles of the Gunnison River. It’s a bit of a drive but is some of the best fly fishing in the state of Colorado! Fat brown trout are the norm. The property is just a quick drive from the town of Austin. Camping is permitted on this property so, if you plan to fish this stretch of water for a few days, feel free to set up a tent or RV (no hookups available). River access is pretty easy. You won’t be walking through a hay-mowed hay meadow but our young anglers and folks with mobility issues love this stretch!

Although we typically get your booking approved within a few hours, please allow up to 1 business day for booking confirmations.

Due to livestock and other concerns, dogs and other pets are NOT permitted on this property.

Camping prices are per person/per day. Camping is dispersed camping. Please practice “leave no trace” principles and pack out all trash. You will need to supply your own water.  No open fires allowed. Bigger RV’s can fit in the parking area.



Know before you go

Check out the resources below to help you prepare for your upcoming trip and ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for a stellar day on the water.

  1. Don’t forget your local fishing license, you can grab one online here.
  2. Check your local flow report here.
  3. Please reach out to our local fly shop partner, Montrose Anglers, to obtain the latest and most accurate information regarding hatches and recommended flies.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Most of our properties are ranches, so expect to walk through hayfields, cow fields, or even hop a few fences. These are not "groomed" properties. They can be rugged and wild and we believe that is part of the adventure with RareWaters! If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out in advance of booking a trip!

River Data

5-Day Weather Forecast

59℉ / 56℉

56℉ / 40℉

41℉ / 24℉

51℉ / 33℉

58℉ / 40℉

Features and Amenities


Reviews (4)

4.8 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 4.8
Location 4.8
Cleanliness 4.8
  • Brenden
    August 23, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    Beautiful location. Plenty of brown trout and structure in the river. Little bit of a hike from Denver to get there, but it’s worth the trip. Especially with the camping option. We will be back.

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  • Jason
    July 27, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Loved the location and I could see where this would be an awesome location, but the water color was chocolate milk from the rain that the Delta area has been getting. Fished hard all day but I’m afraid the water color was the main culprit. No rafters coming down at all didn’t see anyone else on the river. This is a location I will for sure try again because it’s just to fishy of a place not to hold some good brown trout.

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  • Scott
    July 19, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Nice stretch of the Gunnison near Austin, Paonia and Delta. Saw a few rafters come through. Camping location is fantastic. It’s nice to post up right by the water for the night without any loud strangers around. Got into several feisty browns swinging soft hackle and nymphing. Fish weren’t rising while we were there but I’m sure it’s great during a hatch.

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Grand Gunnison River Ranch

Frequently asked questions.

What is RareWaters?

We provide affordable and easy access to private ranches for you to experience do-it-yourself (DIY) fly fishing experiences. No upfront membership fees are required. Just pay as you book! Pricing is listed at the top of each property's listing page. DIY fly fishing means anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flow and fishing conditions. When the information is available, we include weather and river flow information for the properties on our website.

What hours can I fish?

Each landowner sets their fishing hours, and most are sunrise to sunset. We have a few landowners who deviate from that timeframe. This information is listed on each property listing page.

Can a non-angling friend or relative join me?

At this time, everyone over the age of 12 must pay the full rod fee to be on RareWaters' property. This is to ensure that all anglers have the serenity, space and outdoor experience we are committed to providing.

Will I get the water all to myself?

We limit each property to a max number of anglers, typically no more than 3-4 anglers per mile. This is different for each property, so be sure to go to the property's listing page to find out what the maximum is for the property you want to book. For example, if you have 2 anglers in your group and the maximum number of anglers is 4, we may add 2 other anglers to the property that day, even if they are from another group. If you book all 4 (or more) rod spots that day, then your group will have the whole property to yourselves.

How do I know where to go after I book?

After we receive your payment, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Within 7 days of your reservation, you will receive a property map via email with GPS coordinates, directions, parking and camping information, etc. We strongly encourage all anglers to save GPS coordinates into their smartphones before leaving cell service. Many of our properties are remote working ranches with limited cell service. Google Maps is our preferred app for all angler directions.

What are your booking policies?

Great question. Here are a few policies you should know before you go:

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made ten (10) days or more before the booked date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made five (5) to ten (10) days before the booked date will receive a credit for future use. Cancellations made five (5) days or less before the booked date will receive no refund or credit. By submitting a booking request for any RareWaters' property, you agree to this cancellation policy. If you request to book a property within 10 days of the request date, and the booking is approved and you cancel the booking, you will receive a credit for future use. RareWaters is not responsible for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. Anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flows and fishing conditions. Refunds and credits will not be issued for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. The Cancellation Policy may be superseded by extenuating circumstances as deemed appropriate by RareWaters' staff.

Maximum Angler Policy:

Please note, if your party does not equate to the maximum angler amount for the property you've booked, you may encounter another angler or group. Maximum angler amounts are listed in the description for every property on the website. Please practice good fishing etiquette around other anglers by giving each other plenty of space and sharing different stretches of the watershed.

Leave No Trace Policy:

All anglers must adhere to RareWaters "Leave No Trace" policy. This policy requires all anglers to leave properties better off than they found them. If you see trash, please pick it up and pack it out. We ask that you kindly be respectful of the land, any livestock, and the watershed so we can continue to offer fly fishing access for years to come. Trespassing will not be tolerated and all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Leave No Trace Policy.

Solicitation Policy:

Under no circumstances may an angler or their guest solicit RareWaters' landowners for any reason. During your trip, anglers and guests are not permitted to promote, sell or offer any kind of services or products to RareWaters' landowners. Additionally, anglers and their guests may not compete with RareWaters in any way while visiting RareWaters' properties. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Solicitation Policy.