By Daniel Boyes | Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project

SUMMER is here and people are getting out on the water in Colorado’s Rio Grande Basin. The Basin’s lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and other water bodies offer excellent boating, fishing, and other recreation opportunities for the public to enjoy.

The Rio Grande mainstem is an especially popular destination for boating and offers everything from “float fishing” (fishing from a raft or dory) and whitewater rafting to leisurely float trips on stand-up paddleboards or inner tubes. Boating opportunities on the Rio Grande vary with each section of river. For example, the river between the Town of South Fork and Hanna Lane (County Rd 17) offers world class float fishing while the Rio Grande in Alamosa is the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon tube trip.

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