For many, camping and fishing go hand in hand, and here in Colorado one can make a lifetime of memories like the ones at the bottom of this post. Whether fly-fishing or other, novice or pro, Colorado provides you with the chance for about 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish.

We could write an entire series on fishing (in time we might do that) but for now we’ll offer a sampling of places you can camp close enough to the lake or stream that you don’t need to drive from your campsite.

Before pulling out the fishing gear, be sure it’s legal. Know the law and get your license.

This list supposedly doesn’t include catch-n-release programs but please always double-check before you book your campsite.

Camping at Lakes & Reservoirs

Blue Mesa Outpost (Gunnison)

Gunnison Lakeside RV Park & Cabins (Gunnison)

Lake John Resort (Walden)

Camping Along Streams & Rivers

CanyonSide Campground (Bellvue)

Lone Duck Campground (Cascade)

Dolores River Campground (Dolores)

Priest Gulch Campground (Dolores)

The Views RV Park & Campground (Dolores)

Middlefork RV Resort (Fairplay)

Glenwood Canyon Resort (Glenwood Springs)

Winding River Resort (Grand Lake)

Pagosa Riverside Campground (Pagosa Springs)

Palisade Basecamp RV Resort (Palisade)

Steamboat Springs KOA (Steamboat Springs)

REMINDER: Know the law and get your license.

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.  ~ Author Unknown

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