Gunnison Gorge | Guided Float Fishing | 2 & 3 Day | Gunnison River, CO
GUNNISON RIVER GORGE 2 & 3 DAY FISHING TRIPS
Fishing Gold Medal Waters
*2019 Stonefly Hatch Dates are available – click to view.
Custom float fishing trips on the Gunnison River Gorge are fully guided for both Fly and Spin rods.
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!
Accessible only by foot, a 1 mile hike into Gorge and the day before your trip DVK will horse pack of boats and gear into the Gorge. The Gunnison Gorge is a wilderness canyon for those who are willing to literally go the extra mile. A trip to the canyon floor requires a hike of one mile down a steep trail. Guests are expected to carry their personal gear in DVK issued dry bag backpacks (3.3 cu.ft), provided by DVK.
An extra horse can be purchased ($120) to carry your bags into the launch at the bottom of the Gorge (We must have your gear a week before to arrange this). With every step, the wilderness feeling deepens. The solitude and scenery found at the canyon floor make the Chuckar Trail hike down worth every step.
Special regulations are in effect to protect the fishery which allows only one fish over 16″ and two under 12″ to be kept. Fly and lures only. We encourage everyone to catch and release. A valid Colorado fishing license is required. We also set up custom trout fishing trips in other Colorado and Wyoming on some of the best trout rivers in the U.S. (Request more information on these trips).
We can set up the rafts or drift boats with 2 anglers per boat. Our professional guides will prepare your meals (lunch through lunch on multi-day trips) and set up the camp. There is easy access at the Gunnison Forks Park (our meeting location) and DVK will return you to the same at the trip end.
The limited access and unique June ‘Stonefly Hatch’ makes these very exciting trip @ special rates.
NOTE: Colorado Fishing Licence required.
*Minimum 2 Anglers per raft.
*Limited space (8) per trip.
2-DAY FISHING TRIP
PRICING: $1,058 per person (May, July, Aug, Sept)
$1,118 per person (June)
3-DAY FISHING TRIP
PRICING: $1,587 per person (May, July, Aug, Sept)
$1,677 per person (June)
CLASS II-III RAPIDS
DURATION: 2 OR 3 DAYS
DISTANCE: ** MILES
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MODERATE
We will schedule pre-trip meetings to check our lists and finalize last minute details before your shuttle flight to the river launch sites. When you get to the river we will fit you out with your personal flotation device (PFD), issue your waterproof bag for personal gear, confirm your camping equipment is there (tents/sleeping bags/pads/rain gear/wetsuit/boots etc.), and gather everyone to the circle for introductions and a river safety talk.
The meals are planned with lots of fresh and hearty vegetables and salads. Gourmet selections for the delight of our guests throughout the journey. Your guides will be in charge of all preparations and they will amaze you with what comes out of those dutch ovens!
We can accommodate special diets with advance notice and the menu almost always suits the vegetarian.
Dvorak’s will provide complimentary wine for dinners. You’re welcome to bring alcohol on multi-day expeditions, as long as it’s in unbreakable containers. Discretion in alcohol consumption during whitewater days is strongly advised. If you would like us to pick up a particular beer and bring it to the river, please advise and payment can be made for your purchase at the river put-in with your Trip Leader.
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
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
Camping and Cabins at the finish point and meeting location for your Gunnison Gorge rafting/fishing trip.
406 Highway 143
Hotchkiss, Co 81419
Grand Vista Hotel
752 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, Co 81506
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AT TRIP’S END
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.