About The Area
The White River National Forest
The White River National Forest has something for everyone young and old. Summer months feature great fishing, hiking, spelunking, and horseback riding. Explore one of our several lakes, Trappers, Cliff, Avery, and Meadow. The White River has great fishing nearly year-round. The winter months enjoy snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.
Big Game Hunting
Fourth of July Rodeo
Trappers Lake is a lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, which is in the White River National Forest in Colorado, United States. The lake, at an elevation of approximately 9600 ft (approximately 2900 m), is the source of the North Fork of the White River. It is located in Garfield County east of the town of Meeker and west of the town of Yampa. The lake is roughly a mile and a half (2.4 km) long and half a mile (800 m) wide-reaching depths of 180 feet (55 m). It is surrounded by the Flat Tops Mountains, the most striking of which is the large semicircular Amphitheater which has a height of 1,650 ft (503m). Trappers Lake is the second-largest natural lake in Colorado after Grand Lake.
The Marvine Trail crosses a meadow just south out of the parking area, climbs a short incline and then enters the Flat Tops Wilderness after .5 mile. The trail follows Marvine Creek through a narrow valley for .5 mile, then breaks into wide, grassy meadows flanked by aspen, spruce and fir. At 4 miles above the trailhead, the trail comes to Slide Lake. As the trail fords the creek at Slide Lake, the valley narrows with small parks between stands of aspen and mixed conifers. Six miles from the trailhead, it reaches lower Marvine Lake. The trail again fords the stream and follows the east side of the lake to upper Marvine Lake. Above the lakes, the trail enters a spruce and fir forest and climbs rapidly for 4 miles onto the Flat Tops Plateau, where it meets the Oyster Lake Trail (#1825) 10.8 miles from the Marvine Trailhead.
The White River
The river rises in two forks in northwestern Colorado in northeastern Garfield County in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in the White River National Forest. The North Fork rises in Wall Lake, and flows northwest, then southwest. The South Fork rises ten miles south of the north, flows southwest, then northwest, past Spring Cave. The two forks join near Buford in eastern Rio Blanco County, forming the White. It flows west, then northwest, past Meeker (site of the White River Museum), and across the broad valley between the Danforth Hills on the north and the Roan Plateau on the south. Downstream from Meeker, it is joined by Piceance Creek and Yellow Creek. In western Rio Blanco County, it turns southwest, flows past Rangely, where it is joined by Douglas Creek, and into Uintah County, Utah, where it joins the Green 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Ouray.
The White River is navigable by small boats throughout most of its length. But in low water years the water level may be too low for navigation for a period of several months. Flows vary from 400 cu ft/s (11 m3/s) in late summers of dry years to well over 3,000 cu ft/s (85 m3/s) in spring.