Large cutthroats at Trappers Lake |

Large cutthroats at Trappers Lake

One of the most scenic lakes in Colorado, Trappers Lake east of Meeker lies at an elevation of 9,627 feet above sea level and boasts some of the best cutthroat trout fishing in the state.

Tucked into the pine tree forests of the Flat Tops Wilderness, the lake sits below an immense rock formation known as the amphitheater, towering 1,500 feet above the water and creating spectacular scenic backdrops for photographs.

The cliffs formed more than 10,000 years ago, and the melting alpine glacier formed the 180-foot deep lake that is one of Colorado’s largest natural lakes with a surface area of 320 acres.

Trappers Lake is home to a population of cutthroat trout that is also a natural hatchery for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Each year eggs are harvested from the trout and the fry are raised in hatcheries to later be planted in more than 140 Colorado high country lakes.

Angling is limited to artificial flies and lures, and fish over 10 inches must be released.

Trappers Lake is 41 miles up Rio Blanco County Road 8 out of Meeker, and 8 miles up the Trappers Lake Road.

There are more than 100 campsites within two miles of the lake, and all are on a first-come basis. The Trappers Lake Lodge is scheduled to open this summer. Call (970) 878-3336.

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