The Sumter National Forest covers more than 370,000 acres spread over three non-contiguous ranger districts in South Carolina.
The 2.1 million-acre Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is mere minutes from Utah’s largest cities running just east of the Wasatch Front on the Wasatch Mountains. It also stretches for more than 130 miles north to south from Logan to Spanish Fork.
This is among the most stunning land in Colorado. Some of the roads top out at nearly 12,500 feet, and have 365 degree views of the San Juans.
Three renowned white water rivers – the Selway, Lochsa and Salmon – course through mountainous terrain of north central Idaho. Many of the region’s streams hold healthy populations of westslope cutthroat.
Browns Canyon’s 21,586 acres encompass rugged lands along the upper Arkansas River; here, spectacular granite walls rise from the river to heights eclipsing 10,000 feet, with the taller 14,000-foot peaks of the Sawatch Range visible in the distance.
At more than 2 million acres, the Lolo National Forest offers a plethora of hunting and fishing opportunities, including a well-preserved slice of old Montana with great potential as a fishery.
The Black may be Arizona’s most celebrated trout fishery. In its upper 35 miles it tumbles through a deep bedrock canyon accented by red rock cliffs and old growth pine. These waters are home to Apache trout, one of the state’s native salmonids.
This habitat of badlands, aspen groves and pine forests – simultaneously rugged and fragile – is one of Wyoming’s most sought after hunting grounds for mule deer and elk, and holds intimate streams that shelter Colorado River cutthroat trout.
The Thompson Divide encompasses 221,000 acres of public land within the White River National Forest in Pitkin, Garfield and Mesa counties, just south of the Roaring Fork Valley in west-central Colorado.
Amongst anglers, the Smith (a designated Blue Ribbon fishery) is renowned for its oversize brown and rainbow trout. Yet many among the 1,200 parties lucky enough to draw a river permit (from over 10,000 a year who apply) may not even bother to string a rod.