Description - Colorado's rivers and streams are characterized by steep continuous drops in the mountains and slow moving big rivers in the plains. In the west the Colorado river and its many tributaries cut through the desert. Excellent fishing opportunities can be found throughout the state.
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The Roaring Fork River, just below Carbondale
- Winter snow pack in the mountains feeds many rivers through spring and summer. Excellent fishing opportunities abound in Colorado's rivers and streams. Colorado rivers are also home to many kinds of whitewater sports during the spring and summer.
Recreation - Colorado rivers and streams offer excellent fishing and boating opportunities. Many species of trout populate the rivers as they flow through the mountains. Warm water species can be found in the plains and in the desert. Whitewater enthusiasts have a hard time finding a better place to be in the spring and summer. From the Arkansas to the Yampa River numerous kayaking, rafting and canoeing opportunities exist.
Climate - As spring comes to the high-country winter snows melt to form a spring runoff that can last through June. High country rivers and streams are cold and fast in the spring and level off as summer sun melts winters snows. By fall many rivers are reduced to a trickle compared to their spring size. As winter comes and snow again fills the high country the cycle begins again.
Starting high in the alpine tundra Colorado's rivers are fed by a prodigious winter snow pack. Rivers descend several thousand feet through the mountains on there way out of state. On the eastern plains rivers are wide, flat and slow moving. Warm water fish abound, and there are many boating opportunities. In the western Colorado desert rivers meander through canyons and outback on their way to the Pacific Ocean.