Float & Hike Trout Fishing Trips

Gold Medal Trout waters? Native Cutthroat above treeline? Guided Floats through Browns Canyon National Monument? Yep, we've got that.

The Arkansas River:

Colorado Fly Fishing_2 Buena Vista is located in the heart of the Upper Arkansas River Valley. The Arkansas River is known as a world class fishery, as the largest continuous section of Colorado's Gold Medal designated trout waters with 102 of the state's 322 miles. Browns Canyon National Monument is one of the most famous and preserved stretches of this beautiful freestone river.

The best times to fish the Canyon are late July through the end of August, when the water level drops and fish are better able to see and hit dry flies, nymphs, and spinners. The action is steady with varied enough water for a wide range of experience levels.

Rafts allow fishermen to work through water that is hard to access in a traditional drift boat, and because a lot of the water in the Canyon is impossible to fish without watercraft, there is notably less fishing pressure here than on many other sections of the river. The beauty of the new Browns Canyon National Monument is undeniable. There's a reason several groups, including Friends of Browns Canyon and Trout Unlimited, worked for years to protect this area!

Alpine Lakes:

Colorado high alpine Fishing Expedition.

For those who are interested in chasing high country cutthroat and brook trout, we offer custom Collegiate Peaks day hikes and wilderness backpacking trips that emphasize fishing in high alpine lakes.

The Arkansas River Valley may be one of the few places in the world where you can throw flies at native cutties above treeline, fish Gold Medal trout waters in high alpine meadows, and float-fish a National Monument all in the same day.

The Colorado Trout Grand Slam is a real possibility here.

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Other reasons to come fishing with Noah's Ark:

1). While there are several companies that offer float-fish trips through Browns Canyon, our upstream private access allows us to maximize your time on the water so you get you more bang for your buck.

2). Our riverside campground puts you right on the water for more fishing before or after your trip.

3). Noah's after-hours fishing permit allows us to guide early or late in the day, when more fish are on the move.

call Noah's Ark for more trip details and pricing.

Fishing - Browns Canyon Half Day Trip

$230 Per Boat $230 Per Boat Inquire »

Fishing - Browns Canyon Full Day Trip

$330 Per Boat $330 Per Boat Inquire »

Trip Details  


Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting Co, Buena Vista, Colorado


2 people per boat


6 years old


Experience recommended. Fishing gear must be supplied by guest.


 Personal Fishing Gear
Rafting Equipment List (PDF)


*Participants 16 and older must have a state fishing license. Licenses are not available at Noah's Ark.All trip prices are subject to tax and user fees charged by the USFS, BLM and/or Colorado Headwaters State Parks, and land or water access fees up to 9% added to activities.
**Minimum age will be adjusted according to water levels on the Arkansas River.