Eleven Mile Canyon

Eleven Mile Canyon 06/08/18

Nice summer cutthroat trout caught in Eleven Mile Canyon near the Spillway Campground.

Eleven Mile Canyon Information


Canyon Access

To access Eleven Mile Canyon, take Hwy 24 one hour west of Colorado Springs to Lake George, CO.  Turn south on County Road 96 and follow it a few miles out of town. Follow the sign to Eleven Mile Canyon and stop at the Forest Service kiosk. Posted is information on camping and fishing. A $7.00 fee is assessed by the U.S. Forest Service for every vehicle entering the canyon for the day. Camping is seasonal but fishing access in the canyon is open year round. 

Fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures and is a catch & release fishery. Rainbow, cutthroat, cuttbow, and brown trout can be caught here with most fish sized in the 10"-18" range. Don't be fooled though, there are trout in the 20" plus range caught here too.

The crowds on spring and summer weekends can be a bit much to deal with, especially the closer to the dam you go. But on summer weekdays and in the winter, the crowds vanish and most anglers who are fishing the canyon practice proper riverside etiquette. 

Fishing Report

Learn what to use by the shops that frequent this river. Below are some trusted links to current fishing reports for this area:

Blue Quill Angler

Trouts Fly Fishing

Current River Flow Data

Click Here for current river flow data for the South Platte that runs through Eleven Mile Canyon.

Local Lodging and Services

Starky's General Store (719) 748-3884

Kountry Bargins (719) 748-3618

Lake George Cabins & RV Park

Mountain River Lodge

For the more rugged angler, the Eleven Mile State Park offers clean camping sites at Eleven Mile Reservoir and the US Forest Service has established campgrounds along the river.


Rainbow, Cutthroat, Cuttbow, and Brown: 

Expect to catch trout from 10-20+ inches.

Rainbow, Copper, and Purple Warrior

How to tie the Rainbow Warrior, a great pattern for Eleven Mile Canyon.