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South Platte Hartsel Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Hartsel, Park County, Colorado, United States of America

4 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

Private access to over 1 mile of the Middle Fork of the South Platte River within a few minutes drive of the world famous Dream Stream. Fish range from 12-18″. This location is hopper dropper heaven!! Property is located a few minutes away from Hartsel. Camping is permitted if you want to make a long weekend out of your visit. River access is suitable for younger anglers and people with mobility issues. You can drive right up to the river’s edge.

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Features and Amenities


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


Reviews (6)

4.8 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 4.7
Location 4.8
Cleanliness 4.8
  • Stephen Smith
    July 15, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Visited June 26/27
    Cool property with access to a decent stretch of river. Not sure it hits the mile mark. Fishing was just okay during our stay. Caught as many suckers as we did trout. I’m sure the heavy storms didn’t help. There was an old barn right next to the river that provided us much needed shelter during the storms. Camped in a RTT right next to the river which was amazing! The onsite property caretaker was available for questions and even helped us get access to bathrooms which was much appreciated. Would recommend @ lowest fee option for sure.

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  • Bill Ring
    July 14, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Wonderful little stretch of the Middle Fork…First time and the clarity was really off the day I fished..In the short time the water started to clear before the thunderstorms hit the fishing really picked up..Can’t wait to go back!

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  • David
    September 15, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    The Hartsel property was easy to find, it’s a beautiful stretch of the Middle Fork South Platte River. Fishing was good. Caught 6, and lost a few too. All browns, but one of the largest that broke off was a large bow. Most everything on hoppers, a small brown took a tungsten wire nymph, and I had two bumps on a black sex dungeon but no full take. The river is quite shallow now, and at very low flow. I avoided fishing a few pools where current was low, water was warm and trout appeared stressed. We need water flows to pick back up soon. I’m sure the property will be exceptional at higher flow levels, and looking forward to heading back in the spring.

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  • Andrew Anderson
    July 27, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    This is a great stretch of water for the fly fisher who likes to hunt! Flows changed significantly the day before and while we were there, so it definitely required A-game fishing (much like the Dream Stream). We enjoyed working all of the bends with all different weights & flies. Fished with 5wt – 5xtippet. Could easily fish with a 4wt – 6x tippet… but the wind might have something to say about that! Be prepared to crouch & use some stealth! Easy access and beautiful views all the way to Pikes, with HUGE buffalo in the foreground. Great solitude. Fish were caught all over, banks, riffles, and hugging the bottom. We caught about 8 browns each in the 10″ to 17″ range, not counting a 20″ sucker. Hot flies were blood worms, juju b’s, and mercury RS-2’s, the smaller the better. Only 1 caught on dry fly for us, but the water is perfect for dries, just wasn’t our day for it. Double nymph rigs worked best. No porto-potty, so go beforehand.

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  • Patricia Jarzobski
    July 27, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Great fishing on the Hartsel property. I fished dry dropper. Most fish were caught on the dry fly. Put a 20” brown in the net! Rarewaters was super accommodating and responsive to all my questions and scheduling. I will definitely go back and book with Rarewaters again. Looking forward to trying their other properties.

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  • Erin
    July 21, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Awesome hopper dropper water. We rigged up at the picnic tables and cracked a few beers before hitting the water. The views were awesome and we could see buffalo just beyond the water. The ground was very level and easy to get around. I pulled out some healthy 12-16 inch browns which was super surprising. The conditions were still in runoff so I was skeptical but they were there! You can go past the deep hole and riffle by the broken bridge about another 200 yards then it gets to public and you can fish that too. There were some folks over there so we waited for them to push the fish into our section of private water. They ate top water and subsurface. There are more fish on the upper part of the river, deeper pockets too. We fished hopper dropper with 3-5wt rods. No bathrooms so go before you arrive.

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