What? Are You Crazy? - Winter Fishing below Gross Reservoir-RESCHEDULED

We returned from our trip, What? Are You Crazy? - Winter Fishing below Gross Reservoir-RESCHEDULED, on Sunday, February 03 2019.

Instead of watching the most boring Super Bowl in history, ICO kids got to spend a sunny winter day exploring the beautiful canyon of South Boulder Creek as it winds through Walker Ranch.

The water was low and so the fish were wary. But the kids showed real improvement in their flycasting skills - including dealing with the inevitable snags on trees and creek bottoms. Although no fish were caught, everyone enjoyed fresh-cooked quesadillas with peppers and chorizo, Bobo's bars and chocolate chip cookies. 

But the big attraction was the canyon itself. We followed the trail up to the bridge, and then left it for a bushwhack and rock scramble through tall pines and snowbanks up to the upper trailhead just below the dam. A short, steep scramble up the canyon wall brought us to the car and ended our day of enjoying some of the finest winter country in the Boulder foothills.

Sam and Tupak traverse the rocky canyon

Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Sunday, February 03 2019 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Trip Description: 

We had to reschedule this (our volunteers get colds and have conflicts just like everyone else) but we will have the same trip moved back to the first Sunday in February.

No, winter fishing is not crazy. The water below Gross Reservoir is not iced-over and the fishing can be pretty good at times. We'll take a small group down to try out their new rods or practice with tenkara rods. 

Main Activities: 
Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
Age/ grade level(s): 
Middle (6-8)
Youth Permission Slip (to be filled out by parent/guardians and returned to the agency representative): 
Destination & Safety Info: 


Safety Information relating to outings in the City of Boulder and Boulder County.

Hospital Name, Address and Phone: 
Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, 4747 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303; 720-854-7854
County Name and Sherrif's Phone Number: 
Boulder County, 303-441-4444
Boulder City Police; 303-441-3333
Jefferson County, 303-277-0211
Sierra Club Outings Phone: 
Land Use Agency Name, Address and Phone: 

City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, 303-441-3440

Boulder County Open Space & Recreation; 303-678-6222

Rooselvelt National Forest, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-541-2500

State Patrol District and Phone : 
Colorado State Patrol District 1; 303-688-3115
Colorado State Patrol District 3; 970-506-4999
Emergency Services Number(s):