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Fishing Changes for 2023

The cost of hatchery-raised rainbow trout has increased significantly, therefore USAFA Natural Resources is raising the fishing permit fees, and also reducing the amount of fish stocked. The fishing program must be self-supporting, so we can only purchase as many fish as the previous year’s permit income allows. Hopefully we can increase the stocking in future years using the higher fees.

Free lifetime disabled veteran/Purple Heart permits are no longer available as of 1 January 2023.  Disabled veterans with a >60 percent disability rating and Purple Heart receipients can purchase a half-price annual permit through iSportsman.   

Due to water management problems and access issues related to the railroad crossing, Ice Lake will no longer be stocked.

Channel catfish are no longer stocked, but there may be carryover from previous years.

Our Mission:  In support of the military education and training mission, conserve and enhance the Air Force Academy’s natural resources through the application of sound science and proactive stewardship practices.

The Natural Resources program manages the forests, rangelands, wetlands, wildlife, recreational fishing lakes, and multi-use trails on the US Air Force Academy, Farish Recreation Area, and Bullseye Auxiliary Airfield. Through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a team of USFWS biologists and foresters is responsible for managing the installation’s 19,110 acres, of which more than 70% is natural open space.  The staff works cooperatively with many partners, including local governments and organizations, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State Forest Service, and other DoD offices. The natural resources management program has received the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Military Conservation Partner Award and the Department of Defense General Thomas D. White Award.

Events and Services

  • In-person wildlife salvage list sign-up - August 7, 2023 at Natural Resources office  
  • Disabled Veteran and Purple Heart fishing permits  - see Fishing tab for details
  • Airfield gate access for mobility-impaired fisherman  - see Fishing tab for details
  • Firewood lot open 24/7 - see Firewood tab for details
  • 2023 cow elk drawing application - January 1 - May 31 - see Hunting tab for details
  • 2023 deer hunting - December 2-3 and December 9-10 - see Hunting tab for details
  • 2023 cow elk hunting - October 1 - January 31 - see Hunting tab for details
  • 2023 spring archery turkey hunting - April 8 - May 31 - see Hunting tab for details 

Call Natural Resources at (719) 333-3308 for assistance or information.

Report an Issue 

To report an issue or a wildlife sighting please go to : https://asis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=c5212cd2b43f40c8b05ed5cb0d624213

Site updated: Janaury 24, 2023  Webmaster: brian.mihlbachler@us.af.mil

Photo credits: Russ DeFusco, Greg Speights, Brian Mihlbachler, Steve Wallace, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (Michael Menefee)