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Colorado Arkansas River

Characteristics updated 30 days ago
Flow updated about 6 hours ago

River Characteristics

The Arkansas River is a major river in the central United States, with its headwaters located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The river flows east through the states of Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma before emptying into the Mississippi River in Arkansas. It is one of the longest rivers in the United States, with a length of 1,469 miles. The Arkansas River is an important water source for agriculture and irrigation in the region, as well as a popular destination for rafting and other recreational activities.

The Arkansas River in Colorado is a popular destination for fly fishing enthusiasts. The river is home to a variety of fish species, including rainbow trout, brown trout, and cutthroat trout. The Arkansas River offers anglers the opportunity to experience some of the best fly fishing in Colorado with its diverse aquatic environment and abundance of insect life. Fly fishermen can find plenty of access points along the river's banks for casting their lines into its waters. With its wide range of depths and currents, the Arkansas River provides an ideal habitat for a variety of fish species that make it an attractive spot for fly fishing. From small mountain streams to large riverside pools, anglers will find plenty of opportunities to catch their favorite species on this majestic waterway.
Fly fishing the Arkansas River in Colorado is a challenging but rewarding experience. The river is home to a variety of species, including brown trout, rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout. To be successful when fly fishing the Arkansas River in Colorado, anglers must have knowledge of the river's flow and water temperature as well as an understanding of the best times to fish for each species. Additionally, anglers should have experience with different types of flies and techniques for presenting them to fish. By taking all these factors into account when planning a fly fishing trip on the Arkansas River in Colorado, anglers can maximize their chances for success and make their time on the river more enjoyable.
⋅ Dec 06, 2022
Clear and cold
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Current Flow

Arkansas River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
(ft ³/s)
(ft ³/s)
arkansas river near leadville, co n/a n/a Ice
arkansas river below empire gulch near malta, co n/a n/a Ssn
arkansas river below granite, co n/a n/a Ssn
arkansas river near nathrop, co n/a 294 Ssn
arkansas river at parkdale, co. n/a n/a Ssn
arkansas river at moffat street at pueblo, co n/a 79.1 62.2
arkansas river near avondale, co. 38 276 242
arkansas river at las animas, co. 38 64.0 106
arkansas river below john martin reservoir, co. 40 0.77 0.46
arkansas river at lamar, co 40 10.1 6.45
arkansas river near granada, co. 40 32.9 5.25
arkansas r nr coolidge, ks 40 43.6 35.2
* Mean data is from Friday -- March 31, 2023
** Updated about 6 hours ago
*** streamflow is the volume of water flowing past a given point in the stream in a given period of time.(USGS)


* Based on YTD -- 2023
** Toggle legend names for an uncluttered view


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Craig Hoffman
about 1 year ago
Good flows and below the Pueblo dam.
Craig Hoffman
10 months ago
Beautiful fishing and scenery along HWY 50 (Salida to Canon City)

Known Fish

Known Fish of the Arkansas River
Type Species Up To
Trout Brown 12 in.
Trout Rainbow 12 in.
* Fish likely to be found. Size is a approximation.