Redstone and Marble Travel Guide
Often overlooked by anglers anxious to cast their lines in the Roaring Fork, the Crystal River runs for more than 35 miles from its headwaters near the town of Marble to its junction with the Roaring Fork in Carbondale. In spring and fall this junction has excellent fishing for brown and rainbow trout as they attempt a run up the Crystal to spawn. Mountain whitefish can also be hooked. The upper reaches of the river traverse public land in the White River National Forest, but the last 6 miles are mostly private property. Be sure to check signage. Near the confluence, public fishing is possible at the Division of Wildlife Fish Hatchery on Highway 133, 1 mile south of Carbondale. The riverscape ranges from deep boulder pools and white-water rapids to slow, flat sections. Because of the steep shore terrain, storm runoff can sometimes cloud the river, making sight-casting difficult.