River Activities for Summer Sport
Clear water rivers are part of the dramatic landscape in Breckenridge offering an appealing alternative to land-based activities. The snowy peaks of the Colorado Rockies fill area rivers, streams and lakes with crystal clear water ideal for boating and fishing activities. Soak up the stimulating wilderness scenery in the great outdoors of Breckenridge with kayaking, rafting and fishing opportunities.
Fly fishing in Colorado waterways appeals to the quiet adventurer seeking a tranquil outdoors experience. The Rocky Mountains are well known for their fish-filled rivers and streams where anglers cast their lines amid the backdrop of snow-covered peaks.
Breckenridge lies near five major rivers – the Arkansas River, the Blue River, the Colorado River, the Eagle River and the South Platte River – that offer a range of fishing options. Small streams as well as lakes and reservoirs are also favored by fishermen. With so many fishing spots across the region you may well be the only angler on the water.
Sport fishermen tie their flies for three species of good-eating trout that inhabit the region – the famous rainbow trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout.
Test your luck in the crystal clear waters of this mountain wonderland. Venture out on your own, or hire a guide from one of the area’s outfitters. Most outfitters offer trips, guides, equipment rental, and even winter-time excursions.
Fishing Outfitters in the greater Breckenridge area:
Breckenridge Outfitters (970) 453-4135 (in downtown Breckenridge)
Mountain Angler (800) 453-4669 (in downtown Breckenridge – Summit County’s oldest fly fishing guide service)
Blue River Anglers (970) 668-2583 (in nearby Frisco)
The Colorado Angler (970) 513-8055 (in nearby Silverthorne)
Trapper Rudds Cutthroat Anglers (970) 262-6700 (in nearby Silverthorne)
Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures (970) 453-1869 (in nearby Dillon)
A kayak tour of Breckenridge’s rivers, lakes or streams is a perfect summer activity. Bring along your own kayak or hire a boat and guide from an area outfitter. Slowly paddling along quiet waterways allows you to see wildlife in its natural state. Pack a picnic lunch and explore the meandering shorelines and tiny islands of Summit County’s waterways.
Kayaking around Breckenridge:
Colorado River Center (888) 888-7238
Frisco Bay Marina (970) 668-4334
Frisco Kayak Park (970) 668-2558
Breckenridge Kayak Park (970) 453-5579
Ten Mile Creek Kayaks (970) 668-9294
Rocky Mountain Canoe Adventures (970) 925-7238
There’s rafting and then there’s whitewater rafting. Take your vacation adventure to the most exciting level on the Whitewater Rivers of Breckenridge’s Summit County. Rafting outfitters offer a range of packages from half-day beginner tours to multi-day camping trips.
River enthusiasts take advantage of some of the best white water in all of Colorado on these area rivers:
Blue River: Suitable for all skill levels; takes you through the beautiful Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
Brown’s Canyon: Rated as Moderate and offering stunning mountain scenery; suitable for beginners and advanced rafters
Clear Creek: A family-friendly stretch of water popular with those traveling between Denver and Breckenridge
Colorado River: Another family-friendly stretch of water that is an ideal introduction to the sport
Numbers: Advanced level white water with technical rapids suited to experienced rafters.