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Hello Everybody,

First time poster, thanks in advance for any help.

A couple friends and I are planning a 3-5 day trip in late October (we're flexible on the length). Our original plan was to do the Blue Lake Loop in the San Juan Wilderness, Colorado. Upon further research, the weather will obviously be sketchy at this time of year. As a backup plan, we would like to look at something in the southeast (Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Tenn.). My preference would be something along the AT in northern GA/Tenn. But Arkansas, Alabama, pretty much anywhere within a 1-2 day drive of Texas would be a possibility.

The "ideal" trip would be a 20-30 mile loop along a river and/or lake with decent fishing opportunities.

Suggestions? Thoughts? Snarky comments? :;):
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Why post in the southwest forum about that? None of those states is southwest...

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Why post in the southwest forum about that? None of those states is southwest...

My apologies. I thought I had posted in "southern".

If there is a mod that can move this, thanks.
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Grand Canyon, Bright Angel Creek (springfed) by Cottonwood CG. 2lb browns, rainbows abundant, pocket water and small pools. 15+ miles one way hike to access fishing. -5,000', +5,000'

Caution, double check with Lees Ferry angler shop, some other source that the trout are still there. NPS had a weir at the mouth of the creek several years back to kill trout as non native, threat to a native fish in the river. I doubt if they "cleaned out" the upper stretches but I would verify.

I've fished there many times, not in last 10 years.
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Gila Wilderness - the forks out of Gila Cliff Dwellings, Mogollon Creek, or Whitewater Creek.

There are plenty of options in the Southwest.
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Gila Wilderness - the forks out of Gila Cliff Dwellings, Mogollon Creek, or Whitewater Creek.

There are plenty of options in the Southwest.

Thanks, we're looking into this one. I know some areas of the wilderness has been affected by the floods, have you heard anything about the condition of this loop?
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Don't know about recent floods. There are lots of trails so you can vary the loop, or just stay in one of the canyons and fish.

Several people here have done similar loops, so search the forum for trip reports.
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Haven't been there, but seems like the Eagle Rock Loop in Arkansas would fit the bill.  Beaver's Bend in Oklahoma also has some backpacking opportunities.  The Goodwater Loop around Lake Georgetown in central Texas is about 26 miles, and has lots of fishing opportunities.
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