Tag Archives: St. Vrain State Park

Spring Fishing Tips: A Beginner’s Guide to Catching Trout

Theo fishing at coot pond.
Trout fishing at St. Vrain State Park. All photos by © Doug Skinner/CPW.

While most anglers are excited by the idyllic fly fishing scenes in “A River Runs Through It,” few of us learn our first lessons by fishing big rivers with a fly rod. For many of us, a love of angling is cultivated on ponds catching bluegills and bass, and approachable rivers and lakes catching trout – often stocked trout. Story and memory are built by the fish we’ve landed and more so by the ones that got away. We learned from family members and friends, mentors who knew that the secret to building a long and successful fishing career was rooted in a simple approach.

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Explore St. Vrain State Park: A Photographic Tour

Nestled in the crook between two major highways, within close proximity to Denver, Boulder and Loveland, St. Vrain State Park sits at the epicenter of Colorado’s northern Front Range. Encompassing approximately 800 acres of land and water, the park’s abundant, year-round recreation opportunities attract a variety of visitors for camping, birding, wildlife viewing, hiking, boating and fishing.

In September of 2013, St. Vrain experienced massive flooding, which completely reshaped the park and altered its riparian ecosystems. Thankfully, not all of the impacts were negative. In fact, the flood waters introduced some exciting changes at St. Vrain, especially for fishermen and wildlife.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The following photos tell an amazing story of recovery and transformation, and show just how well St. Vrain State Park is thriving post flood.

Hopefully, these images inspire you to visit St. Vrain to see and experience the many changes for yourself.
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All photos © Scott Reffel/CPW. Reffel is a park manager at St. Vrain who has documented the park’s flood recovery and wildlife during the last two years.  

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St. Vrain State Park: Anglers Enjoy High-Water Mark

CPW biologists are managing Blue Heron Reservoir as a trophy bass fishery. Photo by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW.
CPW biologists are managing Blue Heron Reservoir as a trophy bass fishery. Photo by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW.

Nestled in the crook between two major highways, within close proximity to Denver, Boulder and Loveland, St. Vrain State Park sits at the epicenter of Colorado’s northern Front Range. Encompassing approximately 800 acres of land and water, the park’s abundant, year-round recreation opportunities attract a variety of visitors for camping, birding, wildlife viewing, hiking, boating and fishing.

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