Montrose is a World of Water

This Colorado town offers a variety of way to experience its local waterways

By: By Janeen Christoff

Morrow Point Dam // (c) 2010

Morrow Point Dam // (c) 2010

It’s rare to find water in the arid Southwest, but in Montrose, Colo., rivers are abundant, and clients can enjoy the area’s rich water supply with a myriad of activities from fishing to floating.

The Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area is just downstream from the Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park and is one of Montrose’s premier attractions. This 64,000-acre recreation area is surrounded by some of the oldest exposed rock formations on earth, and the Gunnison Gorge offers Gold Medal trout fishing, hiking and a 14-mile whitewater rafting adventure with rapids ranging from class II to IV.

The Gunnison River winds through Black Canyon National Park and also offers trout fishing. These Gold Medal waters have been designated by the Colorado Wildlife Commission as an ideal spots to catch large trout.

The Uncompahgre River is yet another great river that runs through the town and boasts excellent year-round fishing.

Morrow Point Dam Tours offer a tranquil glimpse at the beautiful Black Canyon from below. Clients can explore the area on a 1½-hour pontoon boat tour that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tours leave daily from the Pine Creek Boat Dock. Group and senior-citizen rates are available, and reservations are required.

Montrose Visitors and Convention Bureau


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