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Colorado Animas River

Characteristics updated 4 months ago
Flow updated about 6 hours ago
Available Segments 2

River Characteristics

The Animas River is a river in Colorado and New Mexico that is a tributary of the San Juan River. It is approximately 122 miles (196 km) long and flows through the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado before crossing the state line into New Mexico and joining the San Juan River near Farmington. The river is an essential water source for irrigation and domestic use, and it is also famous for recreational activities such as fishing, rafting, and kayaking.

It seems like the Animas river has recovered from the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill. Both upper (Silverton) and lower are one of the most beautiful rivers in Colorado. Good fishing can be found throughout the town and slightly below. The upper Animas contains several areas that were once considered "gold medal" waters; since the Gold King spill, we're not sure if it has reclaimed its status. This is a work in progress.
 In-town fishing seems to slow down around the lunch hour. :) 
Natural Flow / Un-dammed / Freestone
High Mountains
⋅ Dec 06, 2022
Sections might be frozen; deep pockets might be fishing okay.
· Rocky, Fast Current
Wintertime. Use your judgement
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Current Flow

Animas River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
(ft ³/s)
(ft ³/s)
animas river at silverton, co. 32 34.8 Ice
animas river below silverton, co 32 82.6 50.8
animas river at tall timber resort above tacoma,co 32 131 Ice
animas river at durango, co 38 236 208
animas river blw durango pump plant nr durango, co 38 249 252
animas river near cedar hill, nm 38 294 332
* 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


* 1 segment listed for the Animas River
Name Fishy Updated
Durango BMX Track / Bike Path · Fishy about 1 year ago


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Craig Hoffman
about 1 year ago
Beautiful day on the Animas. Just below town.

Known Fish

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