It is rare to find a property of this size with this quantity of live and still water packed into it, and rarer still to find a property possessing a high caliber of angling within those waters. In short, Hidden Lake Ranch provides new ownership with the opportunity to enjoy a diverse and completely turnkey and private trophy trout fishery.
Hidden Lake: The namesake for the property, Hidden Lake is an alpine lake discreetly located within the cover of a healthy pine forest. Accessed by a well-maintained forest trail, anglers will enjoy this body of water that has been stocked exclusively with brook trout.
Weminuche Creek: Nearly three miles of fully-enhanced Weminuche Creek flows through the heart of Hidden Lake Ranch. This wade-friendly freestone mountain stream originates in the high country of the Weminuche Wilderness Area and is a tributary of the Piedra River. Located just upstream, this 500,000-acre wilderness area ensures that the creek will be charged with the clear, cool mountain water needed to support the terrestrial and aquatic insects that in-turn provide the strong forage base required by the ranch’s large trout populations. Weminuche Creek provides an amazing opportunity for the most discerning angler to catch multiple different trout species, including documented trout reaching 35 inches and 15 pounds in size.
Meadow Lake: This newly constructed pond is set in the middle of one of the many expansive and lush grassy meadows with big valley views. Meadow Lake boasts the same diversity of trout species as Martin Lake with healthy populations and several “monsters” lurking about that reach up to 14 pounds.
Martin Lake: The largest of the six stillwater fisheries on the ranch, Martin Lake, is an eight-acre lake with lush green meadows on one side and densely timbered hillsides leading down to the lake on the other. Known simply as “The Hog Pen” by those privileged enough to have fished it, Martin Lake boasts healthy numbers and species of trout including cut-bows, two species of brown trout, and four species of rainbows – with fish reaching 14 pounds have come to the net. After a long day of fishing, anglers, family and friends can gather and enjoy the well-designed pavilion located on the banks of Martin Lake. Here, guests will enjoy picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and a fire pit. A newly constructed pier next to the pavilion provides a great focal point for all to enjoy.
Sam’s Lake: Another guest favorite, Sam’s Lake, is loaded with big brown, rainbow and cut-bow trout. Sam’s has produced trout in the 10-pound range and there is no doubt that anglers of all skill levels will enjoy the opportunity to catch the fish of a lifetime here.
Henry’s Lake: Known as “The Kids’ Pond,” Henry’s Lake is set amongst the pines and open meadows above Martin Lake. It has been stocked with healthy numbers of rainbows with many of them in the two-pound range when introduced. The fish here are aggressive and provide non-stop action for beginners and children who are looking to have fun and/or improve their angling skills.
Mike’s Lake: Situated on the western-most edge of the property in an open meadow, this lake is a sleeper and features tremendous fishing for brown, rainbow and cut-bow trout.
Located in Colorado’s Game Management Unit (GMU) 77, Hidden Lake Ranch’s hunters have long benefitted from the quality and quantity of animals that utilize its lands for feed water, and cover. Additionally, hunters have enjoyed the ranch’s immediate backdoor access to the thousands of acres of surrounding public lands. GMU 77 enjoys an over-the-counter bull elk license designation with bull elk licenses for the archery and second and third rifle seasons available online or with license vendors. Though not currently enrolled, the ranch could be enrolled in Colorado’s Landowner Preference Program through which a new landowner could apply for landowner mule deer vouchers – it should be noted that all mule deer licenses in Colorado are only available through an annual application process. Hidden Lake was long operated as a fall base for hunters who paid to hunt both on the deeded acreage and the adjacent San Juan National Forest. This immediate area is well known for its trophy elk and mule deer, as well as its robust Merriam’s turkey populations.
Hidden Lake Ranch provides a multitude of recreational opportunities with its boundaries as well as on thousands of acres of adjacent national forest lands. In addition to hiking, mountain biking, and horse back riding, the ranch provides abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing and as well as proximity to trails for off-road vehicles and access to numerous local rivers, streams, creeks, and lakes.