The Uncompahgre River, a tributary of the Gunnison River, starts at Lake Como at an elevation of over 12,000 feet and flows north for 75 miles through the Uncompahgre National Forest. Along the way, it passes by Ouray, Portland, Ridgway, Dallas, and Montrose, finally merging with the Gunnison River near Delta. The name comes from the Ute word that means "red water spring." A variety of wildlife frequent the Uncompahgre River and its surroundings. Deer and elk are plentiful along the river, and, in some sections, you're likely to see river otters. Activities you can enjoy on the Uncompahgre River include fishing, especially fly fishing; river rafting, tubing, and kayaking; and, in some areas, gold panning.