A 24-mile stretch of the Colorado River, from the confluence with Canyon Creek, downstream to the confluence of Rock Creek, was recently designated as one of Colorado's Gold Medal state waters.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission accepted recommendations to assign Gold Medal status to the area during their March meeting.
In Colorado, Gold Medal status is reserved for state waters that produce a minimum of 60-pounds of trout per acre and 12 trout measuring 14-inches or longer per acre.
According to Aquatic Biologist Jon Ewert, the upgraded section of the Colorado River exceeds the minimum requirements for Gold Medal status.
"We studied this section of the Colorado River extensively over the past eight years," he said. "We found that it is an excellent fishery."
source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife