The Lake Fork

The Lake Fork of the Gunnison is located about 45 minutes from Gunnison. It flows from the headwaters above Lake City into Lake San Christobal and then flows north along hwy 149 into Blue Mesa Reservoir. The river has many public access points and is well marked to make access to the river easy. This river being a major tributary of the Gunnison gets the same salmon run and the spawning runs of large lake fish since the river flows into Blue Mesa. This river has some of the best and most scenic fishing in the area. The river has some stretches that have been enhanced by structure in order to provide holding water. Plenty of camping right on the river is available at either “Red Bridge” or “The Gate” campgrounds.

USGS Flow Report for Lake Fork