Rio Grande at South Fork, CO

July 8th to 15th, 2024

Trip Captain – Jeff Johnson – 303-807-2939

Update - 7/2/24 - I will be at the Chinook cabins and RV in South Fork. I believe me RV spot is Site #2. I'm arriving Monday the 8th in the afternoon. My 5th wheel says COUGAR on the front and I drive a Brown Toyota Tundra with a fish on the front grill. 

HPD Will have a spot at Chinook Cabins & RV that will be for meeting and get togethers. It will be spot 3 or 4 (Not sure until I get there). Please bring a chair.

Agenda for get togethers

Monday evening after 5pm to discuss next day fishing.

Tuesday - Ed & Christi Eversole are providing Brats & Burgers for dinner. Dinner starting at 7pm. Please bring a side dish! Chinook campground.

Wednesday - Kathy & Mike Owen are providing a taco dinner, Dinner will be at 7pm. Please bring an appetizer or desert and your favorite drink.. Chinook RV campground.

Thursday - Get together after fishing - HPD spot

Friday - Bud, Marci, Linda, & Jeff will be cooking up breakfast for everyone. Coffee on at 6:30 am, we will start cooking at 7am. Chinook Campground

Saturday - Get together after fishing - HPD spot.

Sunday - Get together after fishing - HPD spot.

Please feel free to stop by anytime in the morning for coffee or to talk fishing. If my Tundra is there so am I - Jeff 303-807-2939



 This is an amazing trip; the fishing should be awesome. Several hatches occur within this time frame and hopefully we hit them all!

Salmonfly, Caddis, and Drake.

There are great opportunities wade fishing or from a boat with lots of public access points. There are several lakes that have awesome fishing as well.

 For those of you working on the Cut-Slam and Need a Rio Grande Cutthroat, Rich M. has provided a list of waters that hold these fish (See below)


Lodging – South Fork has RV spots, National Forest campgrounds, and plenty of cabins and hotels.

A few of use will be staying at the - Chinook Lodge & RV Park They have cabins and RV spots.

South Fork boasts the longest stretch of Gold Medal Waters in the entire state. Nearly 20 miles of the Rio Grande River receive this designation from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. These designations are given out sparingly and represent the highest quality aquatic habitat in Colorado - your best chance to catch a trophy trout! Gold Medal waters support recreational fishing, by keeping fish in the water and letting them grow to a larger size. Brown and rainbow trout fishing is good from the Rio Grande Reservoir downstream to Del Norte. The section of water between South Fork and Del Norte provides the best location for catching trophy brown trout.