Gunnison County State Trust Lands, Wildlife Areas and Fish Units


A black bear in the weeds
A black bear in the weeds

Gunnison County State Trust Lands

 
Black Sage Pass
From US 50 at Marshall Pass Road (FSR 243), go north on US 50 for 1 mile to FS 888. Turn north on FS 888 and go 5.5 miles to southern boundary of property.
ACRES: 415
OPEN: September 1 to February 28, year round for fishing.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, black bear, mountain lion, blue grouse, rabbit
FISHING: in small section of No Name Creek.
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Daley Gulch
3/4 mile north of Forest Service Road 243 and US 50 (near Sargents), go west into property. Enter through gravel pit on west side of highway across from the state highway barn.
ACRES: 644
OPEN: Year round
HUNTING: Elk, deer, black bear, mountain lion, blue grouse, rabbits
FISHING: Brush Creek, Tomichi Creek, Agate Creek
RESTRICTIONS: Camping allowed only as posted; no motor vehicles off designated roads; foot or horseback access only.
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Quakey Mountain
Go east on US 50 from junction between US 50 and Highway 135 about 17 miles to CR 887 (Waunita Hot Springs Road), go north 10 miles to summit of Black Sage Pass, then go south on FSR 887.48. Park at trailhead 537 and go 2.5 miles.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: August 15 to February 28
HUNTING: Big game, small game
RESTRICTIONS: Foot or horseback access only.
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Tomichi Dome
From downtown Gunnison, go 17 miles east on US 50 to BLM Road 3095 (Waunita Hot Springs Road), then go north 4 miles to western boundary of property.
ACRES: 640
OPEN: September 1 to February 28 for hunting, year round for fishing.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, pronghorn, black bear, mountain lion, grouse, small game.
FISHING: Hot Springs Reservoir
RESTRICTIONS: Camping allowed as posted.

 

Gunnison County State Wildlife Areas

 
Almont Triangle
Go 3 miles north of Almont on Highway 135.
OPEN: April 1 to December 19.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, bighorn sheep, blue grouse
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, hiking.
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Beaver Lake
Go 1/4 mile east of Marble on CR 3.
ACRES: 41
FISHING: Cold water stream, cold water lake
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, non-motorized boating
RESTRICTIONS: Only float tubes and hand-propelled watercraft allowed; no camping, fires, discharging of firearms or bows allowed; no vehicles allowed on the dam.
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Beaver Reservoir
Go east out of Paonia on 0-50 to USFS Road 710, follow the signs.
HUNTING: Big game access
FISHING: Cold water lake
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Cabin Creek
Go north from Gunnison on Highway 135 to CR 10, turn and go east on paved road to where USFS Road 743 begins. Go 8 miles to USFS Road 604, turn right, go 3/4 mile.
OPEN: May 1 to November 30.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, blue grouse
RECREATION: Hiking, camping, wildlife observation
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Centennial
Go 10 miles west of Gunnison on US 50. Property is north of highway.
OPEN: July 1 to November 30
RESTRICTIONS: No camping allowed; Motor vehicles restricted as posted.
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Cimarron
Go 23 miles east of Montrose on US 50 to Little Cimarron Road, then go 2 miles south to access road, turn and go 1.5 miles southwest to property.
ACRES: 6,161
HUNTING: Elk, deer, blue grouse, waterfowl
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Picnicking, wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: No camping, fires or snowmobiles allowed; Park in established parking areas only.
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Dutch Gulch
Go 5.3 miles east of Gunnison on US 50 to CR 42, turn and go south 7 miles (CR 42 turns into BLM Road 307).
OPEN: June 16 to February 28
RESTRICTIONS: ATV's, dirt bikes, snowmobiles allowed only on improved road; No camping or fires allowed; Dogs allowed only as hunting aids or on leash; Park only in designated areas; Foot or horseback access only beyond parking areas.
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Gunnison
Go 6 miles west of Gunnison on US 50 to property.
ACRES: 2,800
OPEN: April 1 to November 30
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game, blue grouse
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: Camping restricted to designated areas; Beaver Creek Trail is foot or horseback only.
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Gunnison River
Go north from Gunnison on Highway 135 to CR 13, turn left and go 1/4 mile to where road jogs left and turns into Tincup Street in Gunnison. Go 3 blocks west to Palisade city park and park on the north side of the park. Property is accessed on foot 1/2 mile west of the parking lot.
HUNTING: Deer
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, hiking
RESTRICTIONS: Foot access only; Waterfowl hunting with shotguns only; no discharging of firearms or bows unless hunting.
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Lake Irwin
Go north from Gunnison on Highway 135 to Ohio Creek Road to Kebler Pass Road. Continue north to USFS Road 826, then go 1.5 miles.
FISHING: Cold water lake
RECREATION: Fishing, camping, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Drinking water, rest rooms, campsites
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Leaps Gulch
Go north from Gunnison on Highway 135 to CR 10, then turn and go east on paved road to where USFS Road 743 starts. Go 8.2 miles on USFS Road 743 until it turns left from the main road. Follow trail 3.5 miles.
OPEN: May 1 to November 30
HUNTING: Elk, deer, blue grouse
RECREATION: Wildlife observation, hiking
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Sapinero
Go 15 miles west from Gunnison on US 50. Access property from East Elk Creek, Red Creek or Dry Gulch road.
ACRES: 7,129
HUNTING: Elk, deer, small game, blue grouse
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: No snowmobiles allowed.
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Spring Creek Reservoir
In Almont, go east 6 miles on CR 742 to Spring Creek Road. Turn left on Spring Creek Road and go 14 miles to property.
OPEN: Limited to late summer and early fall access: usually July through October
FISHING: Cold water lake
RECREATION: Fishing, camping, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Drinking water, rest rooms, campsites, boat ramp
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Taylor River
Go 10 miles north of Gunnison on Highway 135 to Taylor River Road (USFS Road 742), then go 18 miles east to base of Taylor Reservoir.
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: Artificial flies and lures only; All trout must be returned to water immediately; No camping, fires or hunting allowed; Park only in designated areas; No fishing for 325 yards downstream from Taylor dam.
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Viking Valley
RESTRICTIONS: Closed unless authorized by landowner.
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Waunita Watchable Wildlife Area
RESTRICTIONS: Pack it in, pack it out; No camping, fires or shooting allowed; Dogs allowed only if kept inside your vehicle.

 

Gunnison County State Fish Units

 
Pitkin
Go 14 miles east of Gunnison on US 50 to Quartz Creek Road, turn and go 14 miles east to Parlin, turn north.
ACRES: 48
FISHING: Cold water stream
RECREATION: Limited tours, wildlife observation
RESTRICTIONS: No dogs allowed; Fishing allowed only in Quartz Creek
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Roaring Judy
Go 15 miles northwest of Gunnison on East River.
ACRES: 778
FISHING: Cold water stream, pond
RECREATION: Limited tours, wildlife observation
FACILITIES: Rest rooms
RESTRICTIONS: No camping or fires allowed; Target practice only in designated areas; No fishing between sunset and sunrise; No discharging firearms in designated safety zone.

 
Elk in a meadow
Elk in a meadow
 

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