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Chalk Creek

Chalk Creek runs through the Chalk Creek valley about ten miles south of Buena Vista and joins the Arkansas River at the town of Nathrop, Colorado. There are many pockets and stretches of fishable water all the way up the heavily wooded canyon, but fewer anglers are found upstream from the historic ghost town of St. Elmo.  As with any small stream opportunity, you’ll want to keep moving to cover a lot of water.  You’ll find productive holes and, of course, you’ll want to fish them.  Don’t linger too long. Continue to move up or downstream to find more fish.  Fishing Chalk Creek offers a good day of fishing and is an enjoyable small stream opportunity spring through early fall.


Accessibility:  Easily accessible from a paved and dirt road.  Some easy hiking.  

Season:  Fishable after the Spring run off, throughout the Summer, early Fall

Distance:  110 miles from Colorado Springs / 2.5 hours

Fly patterns: Small Blue Wing Olive, Elk Harris Caddis, Amy’s Ant

Fish typesBrook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

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Directions - 110 miles - 2.5 Hours

  1. From Angler's Covey head west on US 24 W/Cimarron St, go 74.8 miles
  2. Turn left at US-24 W/US-285 S go 13.6 miles
  3. Turn left at US-285 S in Johnson Village, go 5.6
  4. Turn right at Nathrop on Chalk Creek Dr/Co Rd 162, go 5.8 miles to reach the month on the canyon.
  5. St Elmo is 10 miles upstream

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This Fall

Fri-Sun 7am-6pm,

Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm


During the Winter

EVERYDAY 9am-6pm 


During the Summer

EVERYDAY 6am-6pm