The clear, cold water of Big Blue Creek makes it the perfect place for anglers in search of a quiet trout-fishing spot. Early summer and fall are the best times to catch a plentiful stock of smaller rainbow and brook trout. Big Blue Trail runs along the creek, leading to the doorway of the Uncompahgre Wilderness and other pristine fishing spots.
Big Blue Campground is ideal for a secluded overnight stay during your fishing trip. The Creek runs north and south of the campground with easy access to the Big Blue and Alpine trails. The Big Blue trailhead is about half a mile south of the campground. Slide Lake lies about 5 miles south of the trailhead and offers superb fishing conditions. The trail is moderately challenging, and dogs are welcome.
There is parking available at the campground and the Big Blue trailhead. To get to the campground from Lake City, head north along Gunnison highway 149 for about 10 miles to the Alpine Forest access road #868. Turn left and follow the signs to the campground – it is about 12 miles away. The road is narrow and steep and may not be suitable for trailers.