Fairplay Beach Recreation Area

Middle Fork of the South Platte River

The Middle Fork of the South Platte  River through Fairplay is generally a fast, braided riffle  with little suitable trout habitat. During 2006 the Park County Land  & Water Trust partnered with the Town of Fairplay to improve  fish habitat along this section of the river. Improvements focused on  establishing and maintaining a single channel, creating overflow side  channels, adding new pool habitat, maximizing the length of low-gradient riffles, and creating overhead cover for trout.

This portion of the river has become a very popular  public fishing area, above and below the Fairplay Beach Recreation Area  (reservoir).