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Rifle Creek cuts through a deep notch called Rifle Gap in the up-turned Grand Hogback, one of Colorado’s most defined geographic features, eight miles north of Rifle and Interstate 70. A dam fills the gap, creating a 360-acre reservoir in 1,341-acre Rifle Gap State Park. The clear water allows for superb fishing, boating, windsurfing, and water skiing in a gorgeous mountain setting, with sharp peaks surrounding the long, narrow lake. Fisherman find walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, and pike in the deep water and campers stay in four campgrounds with 89 sites year-round. Hunters often use the park in autumn as their base camp for hunting in the adjoining White River National Forest.
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Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green