Fly Fish Crystal Lake

Rate this Adventure Colorado Crystal Lakes, CO

Added by Matthew Eaton

  • Great Fishing
  • Stocked Rainbow
  • Drive accessible

Crystal Lake is a beautiful lake (or could it be called a pond?), set in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain’s highest peaks, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, can be found about six miles south of Leadville, CO on the west side of US 24. This lake holds a healthy trout population and is stocked regularly with Rainbow Trout, which keeps the fishing better. If you are looking for a fun fishing spot that is consistent and drive accessible, this is your spot.

The lake is on public land within the Arkansas River Headwaters Recreation Area and is no fee is required to fish here, just need your Colorado fishing license. Fishing is best from the end of May though September. Don’t forget your damsel flies and remember, only artificial flies and lures here.

Pack List

  • Damsel flies
  • Artificial flies/lures
  • Waders
  • Fishing gear
  • Colorado fishing license
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Summer, Autumn


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible

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Added by Matthew Eaton

Greetings! I am an outdoor lifestyle and adventure photographer based in Denver, Colorado. Loving life since 1983. I hope you find some of my adventures below helpful and inspiring!

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