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

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 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!
  Arkansas River Fishing Trips

Alpine Lakes

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.
  Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

Colorado Fly Fishing

Other reasons to come fishing with Noah's Ark:

  • 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.
  • Our riverside campground puts you right on the water for more fishing before or after your trip.
  • Noah's after-hours fishing permit allows us to guide early or late in the day, when more fish are on the move.
Please call Noah's Ark for more trip details and pricing.


Trip Details

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

2 people per boat
Experience recommended. Fishing gear must be supplied by guest.

6 years old
Personal Fishing Gear
Equipment List

*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.

Browns Canyon Full Day Fishing

Browns Canyon Full Day

  • Adults: $400 Per Boat
  • Youth (6-12): $400 Per Boat
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Browns Canyon Half Day Fishing

Browns Canyon Half Day

  • Adults: $300 Per Boat
  • Youth (6-12): $300 Per Boat
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