Float Fishing Trip | Full Day | Arkansas River, CO
Excellent Gold Medal Trout fishing – Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats
Fly and Spin fishing
The Arkansas offers GOLD MEDAL fishing and the best Trout fishing in Colorado. Our float fishing trips are available April – September season. These float fishing trips will take you down the river to otherwise inaccessible fishing sections.
The rafts or (drift boats pre-arranged) will be set up with only 2 anglers per raft and the pace of your journey down the river will depend on the quality of the fishing conditions in the season. You will join the other guests rafting for hikes and lunch. Otherwise you will most likely keep your own pace through-out the day.
Catch & release; artificial flies and lures only. You must purchase a valid Colorado fishing license.
1 Day | 14 Miles | Class II-III Rapids
Activity Level: Moderate
Prices: $280 Per Person
The Arkansas has arguably some of the better trout fishing in Colorado. Our fishing trips are available during the entire rafting season. Our trips take you in comfort down the river to otherwise inaccessible fishing holes. Artificial flies and lures only. You must have a valid Colorado fishing license.
On overnight trips all on-river meals are provided, beginning with lunch the first day and ending with lunch the last day. The food is fresh and hearty and the guides will prepare it for you. A typical dinner menu will include as a main course BBQ Steak, Baked Fish, Teriyaki Chicken, or combination entrees, fresh vegetables and salads, Dutch-oven desserts or breads, hors d’oeuvres, fresh fruits, fruit juices, coffee, tea and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner.
All lunches are buffet style with a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, fruit, cheeses, sliced meats, nuts and juices or sodas. Breakfast includes fresh fruit juice, eggs in all styles, special pancakes, French toast, melons, fruit, cereals with milk, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and almost always the menu suits the vegetarian. Though we carry ample supplies of juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate we encourage you to bring extra soda or beer. You can arrange for us to pick up specific beverages for you prior to the trip or you can stock up in Salida before you meet us at the base. Any liquids you bring must be in unbreakable containers.
We request that you do not drink alcohol on the day trips on the river. You’re welcome to bring alcohol in unbreakable containers on overnight trips for drinks around the fire. Wine is complimentary with dinner. Our guides may refuse to let you participate in a trip if your safety is at risk.
Additional cash requirements: You will need to arrange all pre and post lodging and meals before and after your trip. Gratuities are not included in the trip cost. You will not require any monies during your trip. Valuables should be stored in the safe at your lodging or you can keep valuables in the waterproof bag provided by Dvoraks. A small amount of money maybe needed during shuttle for snacks at the end of trip.
Our guides are experienced men and women skilled at handling their craft. They all have current first aid and CPR training and have fulfilled guide qualification requirements in the states of Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Trip Leaders have thousands of river miles of experience on all classes of rivers including all those Dvorak Expeditions run.
- $35 Waders and boots one-day
- $20 Spin Rod/Reel only one-day
- $25 Fly Rod/Reel only one-day
- $4 Flies and/or Lures taken on fishing trips
Major airports are Denver International or Colorado Springs; rental car or van from there to the Arkansas Valley. Car rentals are available in Denver or Colorado Springs. There are "limited" jeep and domestic rental vehicles available in the Arkansas valley by prior arrangement. Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado have small aircraft facilities and charter flights only are available with adequate numbers for charter. Arrive in Salida or Buena Vista, Colorado the day prior to the tripBY CAR
To reach our Browns Canyon/Nathrop Base, 17921 US Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO 81236.
FROM DENVER: You will follow Hwy 285 out of Denver all the way to the Base located 5 miles south of Nathrop. It is approximately 160 miles from Denver Airport to the Nathrop Base (4 hours). Mtn road driving is slower but, a beautiful part of the Rocky Mountains and you should allow extra driving time to sight-see. FROM COLO.SPRINGS: use Hwy 24 west connecting with US Hwy 285 north & south towards Buena Vista. Turn south on Hwy 285-11 miles, you will see on the west side our sign just north of the Gas station and Prospector Rock Shop on Hwy 285. Royal Gorge and BigHorn Sheep Canyon has an optional meeting location for groups: FROM COLO. SPRINGS: take Hwy 115 and Hwy 50 west through Canon City. Meeting @ Parkdale Launch site is about 10 miles west of Canon City on Hwy 50.
FROM JOHNSON'S VILLAGE: take Hwy 285 through Nathrop which joins with Hwy 50 east, via Hwy 291 through Salida. Travel @ 60 miles to the Parkdale launch site (Arkansas Headwaters Rec. Area).
Arrive at the appropriate arranged meeting location @ confirmed time (depending on trip) on the first day. You will meet your guides at either DVK Nathrop base or Parkdale launch site. The travel time to the river by bus/van varies with each canyon and start point. Confirm prior to start date. There is a secure private parking area at the Nathrop base for you to leave your vehicle and belongings. AHRA ‘Parkdale’ launch site will require a state park parking pass in your vehicle $7-10.TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIPS END
At the end of your day or the final day of your trip, Dvorak's van or bus will either deliver you to the place where you left your car or return you to your lodging or arranged drop off point. "River Time is unpredictable." Please keep this in mind when you make final day commitments.ACCOMMODATIONS
Check our helpful links page for recommended lodgings pre- and post-trip.