South Platte River – Deckers

What to expect

Although classified as a tailwater, the Deckers section of the South Platte River showcases characteristics of a freestone river as you move downstream. With an estimated 3,000 fish per mile, this stretch of the river offers plenty of sight fishing opportunities. However, if you’re looking to avoid crowds, you may want to fish elsewhere. The popularity of this section attracts a significant number of anglers, but even with the pressure, it’s not uncommon to find fish over 20 inches here. These fish are eager to strike, but due to constant angling pressure, they have become wary of poor presentations. While the upper portion of this section is the most popular for fishing, you can explore the entire 18-mile stretch from Cheeseman Reservoir to the confluence with the North Fork. All along this stretch, you’ll find significant fish populations per mile, and the fishing tends to improve as you head further downstream.

Who to use

Trouts Fly Shop ( is probably the most well known and established shop in Denver. They run trips almost daily to Deckers, and are dialed into the fishing.


Where to eat/drink

  • It’s pretty desolate of commercial activity near the river. Deckers Corner is right off the river, and whether you want burgers, beer, or coffee, they have a little bit of everything. 

How to get there

From Denver, getting to the river is a 1.5 hour drive through the gorgeous foothills. From Colorado Springs, it’s a little shorter, but still an hour drive.  

Where to stay

It’s pretty rural by the river and as such there are no nearby accommodations. If you’re looking to stay relatively close, the best bet would be an Airbnb near Bailey or Conifer.

Ease of Access

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