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Trout Haven Fishing Pond

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Estes Park, CO, USA
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About Trout Haven Fishing Pond
Our stocked lake is a fun place for all ages. Fishing poles, all equipment, and bait are free. You pay only by the fish inch. Fishing makes people happy. It's great family fun.
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Brandy S wrote a review Mar 2021
Springboro, Ohio123 contributions42 helpful votes
It was cold and windy but my kids didnt seem to care. They caught 3 fish in about an hour and then the staff took them in and showed them how to filet the trout and learn about the art of fishing. It was great!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Mom24Crazies wrote a review Jan 2020
Kansas City37 contributions6 helpful votes
We headed to Trout Haven with the intent of ice skating, but quickly converted to ice fishing when the kids became bored with skating. This was a huge hit with the entire family (2 adults and 4 kids). The kids all enjoyed fishing, and everyone caught at least one trout. The staff members were very helpful and cleaned our fish for us-it was an amazing dinner! If you and your kids enjoy fishing, this is an absolute must in the winter!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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ACS wrote a review Aug 2019
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Kids fished for a couple of hours and had a great time. The staff was very friendly. Jeff Furmaga was great, especially with our youngest kiddo. Fun activity and we took our catch home for supper.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Jackie S wrote a review Jul 2019
Richmond, Texas23 contributions2 helpful votes
I took our grandsons, age 10 and 11 years, to go fishing. One of them caught a large trout and the other caught two smaller ones and it took no time at all. It cost over $40. We donated the fish as we did not want to cook them. I did not like seeing the employee hit the fish in the heads repeatedly in order to kill them. It is a nice small pond but I do not think it is worth the money.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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jrryager wrote a review Jul 2019
Austin, Texas24 contributions23 helpful votes
Last time we went fishing while camping, all we caught was a little carp and a snapping turtle. So on our trip to RMNP, we decided we would catch our dinner at Trout Haven. The equipment was old, and the reel on my youngest daughter's rod didn't wind half the time, but it didn't matter because the fishing was like shooting fish in a -- erm, it was really easy to catch the fish in the stocked pond. We stuck a shrimp on the hook, tossed it in, had nibbles within moments, and both of my girls had reeled in a fish within minutes. The look on my girls' faces when they reeled the fish in was one of the highlights of our trip. Our 4-year-old was excited to help with the net, and our 9-year-old had a real sense of accomplishment when she brought hers in. They had just enough time to name the fish before we took them into the office for cleaning. I don't know whether my kids are weird of legitimately curious, but the cleaning station may have been their favorite part of the whole experience. The man preparing the fish for us was nice enough to pull out a heart on request, and the girls were mesmerized by this tiny, still-beating organ sitting on the counter. I know that an earlier reviewer complained that her innocent angel had to watch someone hit his fish on the head, but I think it was a good experience for my kids to be able to tie the food that lands on their plate with the actual process involved with harvesting a living creature. After cleaning, the staff wrapped them inside an ice-filled bag and sent us on our way. Soon we had our catch roasting in a foil packet over a campfire before delving in. Our visit to Trout Haven ended up costing around $35 with pole rental, length-based fish cost, and the cleaning fee. For this, my kids got to participate in a popular sport, gain a sense of accomplishment, learn fish anatomy, and help cook dinner. Considering we spent that much buying ice cream and fudge an hour earlier, I'd say it was a great value.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Gail E, Asset Manager at Trout Haven Fishing Pond
Responded Aug 24, 2019
Thank you so much for posting the comments about your experience at Trout Haven Fishing Pond. It is wonderful to hear the stories about the kids and how much they enjoy the experience. We often say that this pond creates lasting memories for the kids. It is often that we see a father or grandfather bringing in their kids and telling stories of their experiences at this pond when they were kids. Hope you had time to enjoy the "stump jump" which is a new feature we added this year for the kids (and adults) to enjoy. I have to say your kids are not "weird", they are legitimately curious which is a GREAT thing. This past winter we sponsored a "polar jump" raising money for the 3rd grade classes here in Estes to learn about the cycle of fish (even going to an environment prepared for the spawning). The kids loved it and this year they will see the results of the eggs they watched and cared for. Great experience. Thanks again for sharing your experience.
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