Located on the border of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, and at over 10,000 feet elevation, Trapper's is one of Colorado's most beautiful natural lakes, as well as being the second largest natural lake in Colorado. The 200 acres of water is home to a wild strain of cutthroat trout, and offers the angler productive fishing throughout the summer. This lake holds the largest population of native Colorado River cutthroat trout in the world! This lake is also a fish source for hatcheries around the country.
Many of the more remote areas around the lake are restricted to foot or horse travel only. Canoes and float tubes will help provide access to these areas. Crystal clear waters afford many sight fishing opportunities. Dry fly fishing can be superb when the lake is calm.
Hand-propelled craft may be rented from the lodge nearby.
The White River is a beautiful freestone river that originates high in the
Flat Tops Wilderness at Trappers Lake, which is a blue-ribbon cutthroat trout
fishery. The White River flows from beautiful Trappers Lake down through the
White River Valley which includes the small towns of Buford and Meeker along Rio
Blanco County Road 8 and Colorado Highway 13. Meeker is the gateway to the White
River Valley and this underrated trout fishery offers superior angling
opportunities for cutthroat, brown, brook, and rainbow trout as well as mountain
whitefish. The White River flows west through Meeker and Rangely until it
eventually flows into the Green River in Utah.