TALK ABOUT A VIEW! And how could it not be pretty freaking amazing considering it is at the top of Vail Pass (elevation 10’662)?! Located right off of I-70, I was surprised when I didn’t see a single other person at the fishing area up here. There were loads of cars parked nearby, but I assume everyone was making use of the expansive trail system up here because even on what was a VERY gorgeous day even by Colorado standards, the dock was empty.
And as if the view wasn’t enough and you actually are here to fish and catch something, you’re likely in luck. Because of an agreement with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District stocks the Black Lakes with 2500 pounds or more of “catchable rainbow trout” about 9-16 inches long in both June and early July. It’s a great place for stillwater fly fishing, and besides the rainbow trout, you may get lucky and get a Brook trout, cutthroat trout or brown trout. Just be sure to check with a local angling shop or Colorado Parks and Wildlife before you head out so you’re up to date on the regulations.