Gunnison Gorge | Guided Float Fishing | Full Day | Gunnison River, CO

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The Gunnison River is a sportsman’s and paddler’s paradise, a hidden jewel, off the beaten path, tucked deep in steep granite walls.

Accessible only by foot, the 1-mile hike into the Gorge day 1 of your trip and DVK will horse pack boats and gear the day before, the Gunnison Gorge is a wilderness canyon for those who are willing to literally go the extra mile. A trip down to the canyon floor requires a wilderness hike of one mile down a steep but wide trail. Guests are expected to carry their personal gear in our issued dry bag with backpack straps (size 3.3cu.ft) provided by DVK.

The clear, cold waters of the Gunnison have been designated a Gold Medal Trout Fishery. Its narrow river corridor creates exciting whitewater action on a river that has been included in the National Park System in 2003.

Designated a Gold Medal Trout fishery, the Gunnison is one of those legendary stretches that is known throughout the west.  Avid anglers speak about this one in whispers around the campfire. “The Home of Lunker Trout” it offers both Browns and Rainbows.

It is a Catch & Release fishery with a fish count of over 7000 Rainbow and Brown trout per mile and 1000 of which are 14-35 inches. Gold Medal fisheries are 60 pounds of fish per acre and the Gunnison River has over 400 pounds per acre!

The limited access and unique  2 or 3 day June ‘Stonefly Hatch’ makes this a very exciting fly fishing trip @ special rates. There is easy access at the finish point, Gunnison Forks Park (our meeting location), and by arrangement, DVK can pick you up from the Montrose airport or lodging in Montrose the 1st day of the trip and drop off at days end.

*14 miles – Chuckar Trail to Gunnison Forks
*2 anglers per raft + guide
*A Colorado Fishing Licence is required.

Full Day | 14 Miles | Class II-III Rapids
PRICING: $600 Per Person-Per Day (May, July, Aug, Sept) or $660 Per-Person-Per Day (June)


When you get to the river we will fit you out with your personal flotation device (PFD) and gather everyone to the circle for introductions and a river safety talk.


Gratuities are not included in your trip cost. While tipping is done at your discretion, tipping is one of the gauges we use in terms of customer satisfaction. If you are ever not satisfied, please let us know so that we can adjust our expeditions in the future.


  • $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
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BY PLANE: Fly into Montrose, CO Airport (served by United, Continental, and America West) for pick up at lodge or airport. (See details on confirmation letter). Or Fly into Grand Junction, Colorado Walker Field (served by United, Frontier, America West, Delta, and Great Lakes Aviation) and rent a car for the 1½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park. Take Hwy. #50 south 50 miles to Delta, then east on Hwy. #92, 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off.

Alternately fly into Denver (served by most major airlines) and rent a car for the 4½ hour drive to the Gunnison Forks rendezvous. Take Interstate #70 west to Glenwood Springs. Turn south on Hwy. #82 and go 12 miles to Carbondale, then southwest 60 miles on Hwy. #33 to Hotchkiss. Continue for 6 miles on Hwy. #92 to the Gunnison Forks Park south turn off.

BY CAR: From the North: Follow directions for air travelers from either Grand Junction or Denver. From the South: Take Hwy. #50 north from Montrose 20 miles to Delta, then Hwy. #92 east 14 miles to the Gunnison Forks turn off. SHUTTLE: A around trip pick up or shuttle is available for from Montrose or Grand Junction, CO - request Dvorak rates when booking.


We recommend pre-& post trip PU available by Dvorak

Best Western Red Arrow Motel
1702 E. Main St. (Highway 50)
Montrose, CO 81401
(800) 468-9323
(970) 249-9641

Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park
(970) 872-2525
Camping and Cabins at the finish point and meeting location for your Gunnison Gorge rafting/fishing trip.

Hotchkiss Inn
406 Highway 143
Hotchkiss, Co 81419

Grand Vista Hotel
752 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Co 81506
(970) 241-8411
(800) 800-7796


You will arrive back at your vehicle at the Gunnison Forks Pleasure Park mid to late afternoon of the last day of your trip.

Although you can usually make a connecting flight home from Grand Junction after 7:00 p.m. on the last day of the trip, we recommend you fly out the following morning in case inclement weather or other circumstances delays your arrival in Denver. Remember, "River Time" is unpredictable.


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Great day on the river tagging along w/ Will and his raft group. Water was a whitewater me once. Thanks again for the shuttle and the wild afternoon on the Arkansas.
- Tom Schembra


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