Marble Tourism Association: Hiking, Canoeing and Fishing

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Marble Tourism Association

Hiking, Canoeing and Fishing

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“The Marble Tourism Association represents the best of what Marble has to offer. The best services, best value and best information. You can reach us with your questions and we’ll be happy to answer and get you on your way to a time of your life!”

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Canoeing

“Few things in life are more peaceful than paddling a canoe across a beautiful high-country lake, and that dream can be realized at Marble’s own Beaver Lake, situated on the eastern edge of the town.”

“The 20-acre lake, which is maintained and stocked with trout by the Division of Wildlife (DOW), is a canoeing gem. No motorized watercraft are allowed on the lake, and it’s easy to spend a couple of hours paddling across the lake and back, fishing from the canoe, or just floating and relaxing. Several locals and some of the lodges keep canoes and other means of water conveyance locked up at the northwest corner of the lake by the Beaver Lake sign where there is a large parking lot and a public outhouse.”

Lizard Lake

“For the canoeist looking for a little more adventure, Lizard Lake is tucked between the base of the towering southwest-facing cliffs of Sheep Mountain and the “backside” of Hat Mountain with great views of the east face of Whitehouse Mountain. Lizard Lake, which is accessed via the jeep road to Crystal (see 4×4 Routes), is a reputedly bottomless 5-acre lake supervised by the Forest Service. Its name is mistakenly derived from the fact that it is inhabited by lizard-like salamanders with external feather-like gills that can be observed floating above clumps of aquatic vegetation or hugging the mud bottom.”

“Please note that river canoeing is not recommended on the Crystal River unless canoeists are very experienced and very familiar with whitewater conditions. The Crystal River near Marble is at times very rocky and dangerous, with whitewater conditions that can easily swamp a canoe, particularly during spring runoff from May through June. Later in the summer, the river is particularly rocky and is not recommended for canoe travel.”

“When you’re thinking about a great family outing in the mountains, there’s nothing better than spending a day on the water fly fishing for trout in Colorado, surrounded by spectacular scenery. That’s Marble! Whether the angler is an experienced fly-fisherman looking for pristine trout streams or a youngster hoping to hook up his or her first fish, Marble has something to offer.”

Fly fishing on the Crystal River

“The Crystal River, known as one of the favorite fly fishing destinations in Colorado, springs forth from the mountains just above Marble and flows through town and down through Redstone until it joins the Roaring Fork River below Carbondale. The Crystal is home to wild populations of German brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout, as well as big schools of mountain whitefish. On public stretches of the Crystal between Redstone and Marble, the Colorado Division of Wildlife regularly stocks the river with catchable-size rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Flyfishermen have the best success on the Crystal. The river is very rocky and bait and spinner fishermen tend to lose their gear. Recommended patterns for the Crystal include the bead-head pheasant tail, bead-head prince nymph, H&L Variant, Stimulator, and elk-hair caddis. Fly fishermen staying in the Glenwood Springs and Aspen areas often find that the Crystal River is a quiet retreat from other busy rivers.”

Lake Fishing

Beaver Lake

“One of the favorite family destinations is Beaver Lake, a Colorado Division of Wildlife property located on the eastern edge of the town of Marble. The lake is regularly stocked with catchable trout by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and it’s a great place for kids to catch their first fish. Parking is good and access is easy. There is a wide dike on the western edge of the lake that allows anglers to spread out, and it’s the kind of place where you can take a folding chair, an umbrella for protection from the sun, a tackle box, and lounge in the sun while watching your bobber. Most anglers use bait (salmon eggs, powerbait) or spinners on Beaver Lake, though fly fishing is effective in the evenings with damselflies and other lake patterns.

No motorboats are allowed on Beaver Lake, but paddleboats, rafts, belly boats, and canoes are welcome. Canoes are available for rent at Beaver Lake Lodge and Beaver Lake Retreat. There is a public restroom, but no trash service. Fishermen are reminded to pick up their trash and take it home with them.”

“Located along the Marble airstrip near Mile Marker 5 on County Road 3. It’s a small pond of approximately 3 acres with an active beaver lodge in the center of it, and home to a population of wild brook trout and stocked rainbows and cutthroats. Though privately owned, the pond is public access and stocked by the state. Fishing is good with spinners and flies. Canoes, rafts, and belly boats are welcome, and it’s a popular swimming hole for families on hot summer days.

Just downstream from McKee Pond is Island Pond, just below the bridge to Hermit’s Hideaway. Only the north shore of the pond is available for fishing, which is the strip of land between the river and the pond. Check for signs to see if fishing is permitted.”

Leave No Trace

“When enjoying Marble’s lakes, even if the visitor before you has not complied, the rule of decency is to “leave no trace” of your having been there. A spot as beautiful as this is even more degraded than ordinary places by any sort of man made trash, including cigarette butts and discarded fishing line. It is not too difficult to remember that if you or someone else packed it in you should pack it out. Canoeists are also reminded that life jackets are required when canoeing on Beaver Lake or Lizard Lake, and that sudden winds can whip up in the afternoon, making it tricky to paddle back across. Keep an eye on weather conditions, wear sunscreen, and wear your life jackets.”

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Hiking, Canoeing and Fishing

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