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Colorado Animas River

Characteristics updated 1 day ago
Flow updated 1 day ago
Segment updated about 2 months ago

River Characteristics

It seems like the Animas river has recovered from the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill. This is great news. Both upper (Silverton) and lower is one of the most beautiful rivers in Colorado. Good fishing can be found all throughout 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.
I have found the in-town fishing seems to slow down around the lunch hour. :) 
GPS 37.1058,-108.0054
Natural Flow / Un-dammed / Freestone
High Mountains
⋅ Mar 27, 2022
Spring runoff
· So So Wadable
Conditions vary… spring run-off
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Current Flow

Animas River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
(ft ³/s)
(ft ³/s)
animas river at silverton, co. n/a n/a 308
animas river below silverton, co 35 n/a 561
animas river at tall timber resort above tacoma,co 35 n/a 1050
animas river at durango, co 53 277 1350
animas river blw durango pump plant nr durango, co 53 350 1240
animas river near cedar hill, nm 59 432 1040
* Mean data is from Monday -- May 23, 2022
** Updated 1 day 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 -- 2022
** Toggle legend names for an uncluttered view


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


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Craig Hoffman
about 2 months 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.