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Guide to Colorado Fishing Near Marble


Crystal Mountain Ranch sits amid a host of gorgeous Colorado scenery, including its share of lakes and rivers. The peaceful setting provides the perfect backdrop for anglers to drop in their fishing lines and see what they can catch.

Fishing is one of the more relaxing things to do in Marble and there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Our guide to Colorado fishing near Marble will help you best explore the surrounding bodies of water to see what you can catch.

The following list is not exhaustive but does provide an overview of the area. Before heading out on the lakes and rivers, be sure to have a Colorado Fishing License.

Crystal River

The Crystal River branches off of the Roaring Fork River in Carbondale and runs through the valley until splitting near the Crystal Mill. Rainbow trout are the most common fish in the river but fishers can also find brown trout and whitefish.

The spring and the fall are great times to try catching rainbow and brown trout because they spawn. The river is a great spot for fly fishing but be mindful of private land when fishing.

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Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake is a reservoir just east of Marble and is part of the Beaver Lake State Wildlife Area. Trout are in abundance at this lake with rainbow and cutthroat being the most common.

Fisher should anticipate conditions being a coldwater stream. Furthermore, the lake doesn't allow for motorized boats so guests can use non-motorized options such as canoes or kayaks. 
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McKee Lake

There are several small lakes around Marble that offer fishing opportunities. McKee Lake is one of them and sits just west of town. Brook and rainbow trout are what are most common in this small lake.

Boating is allowed but limited to canoes, rafts and belly boats. Please note McKee is a private lake with public access so respect all signs and notices.
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Island Lake

Island Lake is another small pond just west of Marble. It is similar to McKee Lake in that brook and rainbow trout are the main catches you'll find. Boating is not allowed on this lake but there is fishing access via the shore. Island Lake is also a private lake with public access. Please refer to all signage on where fishing is permitted.

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Yule Creek

Yule Creek is a tributary of the Crystal River, branching off south of Beaver Lake. Yule Creek runs south to Purple Mountain. Along with hiking trails, Yule Creek is also a great place to go fishing. Cutthroat trout are among the most common fish in this creek but there are other species available. Yule Creek allows for fly fishing and shore fishing.

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Geneva Lake

  • Location: Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
  • Length: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Distance from us: 2.4 miles


Geneva Lake sits in the Colorado backcountry just northeast of Marble. Access requires a two-mile hike but the journey is worth it. The hike begins at the Lead King Basin Trailhead on Lost Trail Road, which requires all-wheel drive.

Once at the lake, anglers can catch brook trout and many other species of fish. Not only does the lake provide for some great fishing but it sits amid some beautiful mountain scenery.

Roaring Fork River Fishing

Roaring Fork River does require a bit of a drive from Marble but the experience is a memorable one. Roaring Fork sports a Gold Medal designation, meaning it's one of the best fishing spots in Colorado. Anglers can access the river in plenty of spots between Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

These spots are great for shore or fly fishing. Large fish make their home in Roaring Fork as visitors can catch rainbow and brown trout as well as whitefish. For a full look of access points, check out this map.
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