Fish Glenwood Springs
February 11, 2004
There are two good access points around Aspen Glen, the private golf course and neighborhood between Carbondale and Glenwood — and both are reached by not entering Aspen Glen.
The first one is the Richard Burry property. This fishermen access is located downstream from Aspen Glen, along one mile of river on the north side. There’s plenty of room for parking and it’s a nice hike through sagebrush down to the river. Look for the DOW trailhead sign. (This trailhead serves extensive river frontage easements in a scenic oxbow of the river containing graceful cottonwoods, sandy banks and pastures rolling down to the water’s edge; eagles and raptors are known to inhabit the area.) To get there from Carbondale, take Highway 133 to Highway 82 and turn left. Once you pass mile marker 10, watch for a dirt-road turnoff to the left. If you come to mile marker 9, you’ve gone too far. Your best clue is to look left for a distant barn painted with a railroad car. A large green sign explains the access rules.
The other Aspen Glen access is found at the north end of County Road 109. Parking is at the sanitation plant. Access is from the lower boundary of Aspen Glen to the eastern boundary of BLM land — about two miles on the south bank.
Head upvalley on Highway 82 and follow the signs for the Westbank Golf Course (turn is near mile marker 5). The fishing access is upstream of the Westbank Bridge on both sides of the Roaring Fork for 200 feet. It continues upstream on the north side for an additional one-quarter mile. Here, the Westbank State Wildlife Area provides a primitive boat ramp and foot access across the Historic Westbank bridge to County Road 109 — a scenic bike ride to Carbondale. The boat ramp is just upstream of the bridge on the river’s north side. Here you can fish amidst the hills of Westbank, which contain the historic coal-mining region of Spring Valley/coal basin. To the east are the same stratified red sandstone encampments reminiscent of the splendor of the Glenwood Canyon.
Aviation fans can fish along the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport and watch the small planes land. Many pilots have been known to fly in to the airport just to fish along these banks. Access is one-third of a mile on the south side of the Roaring Fork River, accessed at the south end of the runway.
In South Glenwood, river access in the Glenwood Park neighborhood is located from Three Mile Creek upstream for a half-mile and downstream for 200 feet on the south side.
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Sunlight Bridge If you follow the prolific signs to Sunlight Ski Resort, you’ll find the Sunlight Bridge. River easements exist on both sides of the river here. Downstream access is for one-quarter mile. Upstream, you can fish the south side for a half-mile and north side for one-quarter mile.
This graceful streamside park is easily accessible from downtown. From downtown Glenwood, take Eighth Street across the Roaring Fork, then turn left and then make another quick left into the park. There’s a rare handicap-access ramp, and you can’t ask for easier access to the river. The bridge you cross on Eighth Street is also a smaller access point. This park has playgrounds, picnic areas and other amenities if you’re an angler wondering what to do with your spawn during the fishing excursion.
This landmark municipal park fronts the Colorado River, and connects to the city’s river trails system. It offers plenty of angling access. You get there by taking Highway 6–that’s the road on the Hotel Colorado side of I-70 — and turning back toward the river. After the turn, it’s a short drive and the park entrance is on your left. Cross the river and you’ve gone too darn far.