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Michigan River Getaway Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

Walden, Colorado, USA

4 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $150 per guest

Lodging available: Prices vary depending on the lodging chosen from $400 – $450

Please send us an email to inquire about lodging: support@rarewaters.com

Enjoy over 1 mile of the Michigan River, a hidden gem tucked away in the small town of Walden, Colorado in North Park. This property is surrounded by mountainous views. Rainbow and brown trout swim through the winding waters and take cover under the willows from the Golden and Bald Eagles. Trout range from 12-20″ inches so leave the small fly rod at home. There are plenty of accessible spots for younger anglers and people with mobility issues but there are also some heavily willowed areas on the riverbank. We love hitting these heavily willowed spots as that’s where bigger trout linger.

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

Lodging is also available at this property. There are two options. The Lakeview cottage (3-bedroom, 2-bath house within 60 yards of Colorado’s largest privately owned lake) costs $450/night + cleaning fee. The Little Moose Cottage (7-bedroom house 30 feet inland from the Lakeview Cottage) costs $400/night + cleaning fee. Lodging can be booked directly through property owners. If you’re interested, please let us know and we’ll put you in touch! : )

RESOURCES

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 flows. Ideal Flow Range 400 - 850 CFS
  3. Contact a local fly shop for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  6. Fishing Season: May - November

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!

5-Day Weather Forecast

Monday
2/26/2024
37℉ / 34℉

Tuesday
2/27/2024
33℉ / 14℉

Wednesday
2/28/2024
28℉ / 2℉

Thursday
2/29/2024
34℉ / 8℉

Friday
3/1/2024
36℉ / 16℉

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Reviews (2)

4.9 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 5.0
Location 4.5
Cleanliness 5.0
  • Kylee S
    September 26, 2023 at 11:04 am

    It was really beautiful. I caught one fish and had an extended release on a few others. Flows were good. Just a little cold during the day, storm system moving in so I am sure that affected the fishing.

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  • Neal Alsup
    August 1, 2021 at 2:59 am

    This location is one of the most scenic locations you’ll find. Absolutely beautiful with mountains on all sides. We had a bald eagle fly over…and saw sign of moose everywhere.
    Water was a bit low, as to be expected this year. Super clear as well. When the clouds came in, we saw a ton of activity with a dry-dropper setup. Everything we caught was on the dry. Nothing of size, but tons of small, native brown trout.
    It was a great day in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend this location.

    Helpful Review 5

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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.