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Colorado Huerfano River

Characteristics updated about 1 year ago
Flow updated 9 minutes ago
Available Segments 1

The Huerfano River is a tributary of the Arkansas River that flows through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado. The river is named after the Spanish word for "orphan" due to its isolated location in the mountains. It originates in the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristo range and flows for approximately 50 miles before joining the Arkansas River. The river is known for its beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, including fishing, rafting, and hiking.

You can fish all alpine zones and catch Brookies, Browns, Cutthroats, and Rainbows. Most of the way, the river runs parallel to the access road and the Lily Lake Trail.  Several ranches (private property) exist as you head up the road, past the campground, on the way to Lily Lake Trailhead. Fishing near the entrance of the state wildlife area, you will find Browns and Rainbows of all sizes. This area does see some moderate to heavy fishing action, be mindful. Further up, perhaps on the Lily Lake trails, Brookies exist. There seems to be an abundance of abandoned fishing gear (bobbers, line, lures, tippet, etc...); if you see anything, pack it out. This is a gem.

Characteristics & Metrics

Headwater
Natural Flow / Un-dammed / Freestone
Lake
Clarity
⋅ Dec 06, 2022
Frozen until late spring
GPS
37.5685,-105.6346
Caught
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Current Flow

Huerfano River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
Flow
(ft ³/s)
Mean
(ft ³/s)
huerfano river near boone, co. n/a n/a ZFL
* Mean data is from Tuesday - February 20, 2024
** Updated 9 minutes 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 -- 2024
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Additional Resources

River and steam flow data are acquired from multiped sources. This feature is only available in select states (Colorado only). Flows are updated multiple times a day. Data might be unavailable due to ice or other objects obstructing the gage.

Segments

* 1 segment listed for the Huerfano River
Name Fishy Updated
Lily Lake · Super Fishy over 1 year ago

Images

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Notations

Craig Hoffman

over 1 year ago

Did a Troutman up to Lily Lake.

Known Fish

Known Fish of the Huerfano River
Type Species Up To
Trout Cutthroat 8 in.
Trout Rainbow 8 in.
Trout Brown 8 in.
* Fish likely to be found. Size is a approximation.