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Colorado South Platte River

Characteristics updated about 2 months ago
Flow updated about 8 hours ago
Available Segments 1

River Characteristics

Description
The South Platte River is a major river in the state of Colorado. It originates in the Rocky Mountains in the north-central part of the state and flows south through Denver, which is joined by the North Platte River. From there, it continues south through the eastern plains of Colorado and eventually empties into the Mississippi River. The river is a popular destination for fishing and rafting, and it is also an essential source of water for irrigation and other purposes.

As mentioned above, due to its proximity to the Front Range, it can get jam-packed. The river is known for its wild and beautiful brown and rainbow trout. The South Platte is a tailwater fishery. Some of the more popular segments, particularly during the warmer months, are Waterton Canyon, Deckers, Cheesman Canyon, and the Dream Stream. 
Difficulty
Certain segments (Deckers, Cheesman Canyon) get crowded and probably overfished. 
GPS
39.16276858,-105.3102732
Headwater
Dam
Reservoir
Clarity
⋅ Oct 12, 2022
The flow seems slightly high causing it to be slightly off-color.
Wadability
· Super Wadable
Below Cheeseman is shallow and very much wadable. 
Caught
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Current Flow

South Platte River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
Flow
(ft ³/s)
Mean
(ft ³/s)
south platte river above cheesman lake, co. n/a n/a Ssn
south platte river blw brush crk near trumbull, co n/a 116 114
south platte river below union ave, at englewood,c n/a 24.6 22.7
south platte river at englewood, co. 35 48.5 44.5
south platte r at 64th ave. commerce city, co. 39 9.37 10.8
south platte river at fort lupton, co. 39 353 311
south platte river at fort morgan, co 39 344 309
* Mean data is from Friday -- February 03, 2023
** Updated about 8 hours ago
*** streamflow is the volume of water flowing past a given point in the stream in a given period of time.(USGS)

Historical

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* Based on YTD -- 2023
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Segments

* 1 segment listed for the South Platte River
Name Fishy Updated
Upper Cheeseman Reservoir · Pretty Darn Fishy about 1 year ago

Images

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Jun 28, 2021

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Oct 03, 2021

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Jun 15, 2022

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Notations

Craig Hoffman
over 1 year ago
Tough fishing and not very favorable weather (6/27/21).
Craig Hoffman
about 1 year ago
Kristine fishing below Cheeseman Res in Jan 2022

Known Fish

Known Fish of the South Platte River
Type Species Up To
Trout Brown 20 in.
Trout Rainbow 20 in.
* Fish likely to be found. Size is a approximation.