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Colorado San Miguel River

Characteristics updated 11 months ago
Flow updated about 1 hour ago
Available Segments 2

The San Miguel River in Colorado offers a challenging and rewarding fly fishing experience for both novice and experienced anglers. The preferred season for fishing is from late spring to early fall, with an ideal flow rate of 100-300 CFS. However, access to the river can be limited due to private property and land management issues. To ensure river stewardship, sustainability, and conservation, it is essential to practice Leave No Trace principles. Running Rivers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting rivers, including the San Miguel River. For more information on river conservation, visit their website. 

For those looking for local fly shops and guides, recommends the following three highest-rated businesses: 

Each of these businesses offers knowledgeable guides and quality gear to enhance your fishing experience on the San Miguel River.

Characteristics & Metrics

Natural Flow / Un-dammed / Freestone
High Mountains
⋅ May 15, 2023
Probably off-color due to spring run-off.
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Current Flow

San Miguel River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
(ft ³/s)
(ft ³/s)
san miguel river near placerville, co n/a n/a 222
san miguel river at brooks bridge near nucla co n/a n/a 303
san miguel river at uravan, co. n/a n/a 415
* Mean data is from Sunday - April 21, 2024
** Updated about 1 hour 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 -- 2024
** Toggle legend names for an uncluttered view


* 2 segments listed for the San Miguel River
Name Fishy Updated
Plaverville Park · Pretty Darn Fishy over 1 year ago
Juniper Village Drive · Fishy over 1 year ago



Known Fish

Known Fish of the San Miguel River
Type Species Up To
Trout Brown 10 in.
Trout Rainbow 10 in.
Trout Cutbow 12 in.
* Fish likely to be found. Size is a approximation.