Stagecoach State Park Gears up for Fall!
Colorado State Parks Press Release
OAK CREEK, Colo. - Although the water level is low and Stagecoach State Park has closed to trailered boating for the 2010 season, the park and surrounding areas still offer many fall outdoor recreation
opportunities. Cooler temperatures and shorter days mean one thing at Stagecoach: Great Fishing.
Over the next couple of months and as water temperatures continue to fall, big rainbows and northern pike move into the shallow water to feed heavily. Whether fishing from shore, using a belly boat, or rowing around in a hand launched canoe or kayak, key in on the inlet and coves for amazing early morning or evening action. Flies, such as Wooley Buggers, Leeches, Hares Ears or Prince Nymphs, lures including
spoons, spinners or tube jigs, and bait like nightcrawlers or Powerbait should all produce well.
Be prepared for inclement weather by bring a wind breaker, heavier coat, and mud boots to enjoy some amazing fall fishing.
In addition to the reservoir, the Stagecoach Tailwaters always fishes well in the fall. Whether fishing for the
resident rainbows or fall spawning browns, use a small tippet and smaller flies to catch these hard fighting fish. Dries like BWO's and grey, olive or black midges in size 20, in addition to emerger patterns like RS2's, Barrs Emergers, and WD40's in size 20-22 trailed behind a San Juan worm or Egg pattern should produce well.
Water flows will drop down to around 42 cubic feet per second (cfs) by mid-September and stay that way through most of the fall and winter. Due to construction, sections of this area will be closed off starting Oct. 7 and water could become murky. This situation should only last about two weeks and will be back to normal fall standards by late October. Fishable water will be available, but conditions might not be ideal.
All campgrounds and associated facilities including the dump station, flush restrooms, and electricity will remain open until Sept. 30. On Oct. 1, all water will be turned off and three of the four campgrounds will close. Pinnacle campground, which will have electricity, but no water, will remain open for RV and tent camping throughout the fall. Four camp sites will be available year round. There is a dump station and water available six miles away at the Oak Creek Motel in Oak Creek through October for a small fee.
Many people also use Stagecoach as a base camp for other fall activities. Most of our trails are currently closed due to construction, but camp here and travel to nearby Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area (10 minutes away), Flattops Wilderness Area (20 minutes away), or Rabbit Ears Pass (30 minutes away) to do your hiking or biking. In addition to trails, these and other nearby destinations offer opportunities such as hunting, wildlife viewing, and "Fall Color" drives.
One more outdoor recreation opportunity at Stagecoach is waterfowl hunting. Stagecoach offers fairly productive waterfowl hunting on the west end of the reservoir. Visit www.parks.state.co.us for a map of designated hunting areas. Regulations state not to hunt within 100-ft. of any trail, road or parking lot and
to always be aware of and respectful to other park users. The wetland ponds at the inlet will be drained and this area will be closed to hunting due to construction continuing into the fall.
Workers on trails and shorelines with heavy equipment will start every morning around 8:00 a.m., so please know where they are and DON'T SHOOT if they are too close!