Waterton Canyon: Rules and Regulations



Fishing Regulations

  • Bag/possession limit for trout is four of any size at the Waterton Canyon entrance to Marston Diversion Dam. At the Marston Diversion to Strontia Springs, bag/possession limit is two trout 16 inches or longer.
  • The use of bait is permitted at the Waterton Canyon entrance to Marston Diversion Dam. At the Marston Diversion to Strontia Springs, only artificial flies and lures may be used.

Boating Regulations

  • Boating is not permitted on Strontia Springs Reservoir or on the South Platte River through Waterton Canyon.

Camping Regulations

  • Camping is permitted only on the Colorado Trail above Strontia Springs on U.S. Forest Service property. Check with Pike National Forest South Platte River District for restrictions.

General Regulations

  • No dogs are allowed in the canyon.
  • Canyon may be accessed only by foot, bicycle or horseback.
  • Canoeing, kayaking, tubing, rafting, and swimming are prohibited.
  • Camping and fires of any kind are prohibited on the first 6.2 miles of the trail (see Camping Regulations above for areas).
  • It is unlawful to use, light, or ignite fireworks or explosives of any type.
  • Firearms and archery are permitted only during open hunting season on U.S. Forest Service property.
  • Permit required for special events or groups over 25. Event permit requests must be received 30 days prior to the requested event.