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Featured Destinations: Chuck Rizuto’s San Juan River Lodge

The San Juan River is well known by flyfisherman as one of the, if not THE, premier tailwater fisheries in the entire Southwest, (if not the entire U.S.)! Rizuto’s Lodge is the closest lodging establishment to this famed river. Located in Navajo Dam, New Mexico, the Lodge is approximately a one-hour drive from Durango, Colorado, and a 45-minute drive from Farmington, New Mexico.

Chuck Rizuto, owner and proprietor, commands a stellar reputation in the flyfishing community. He holds the world record for the most species of fish caught with a flyrod. He is currently heavily involved, and top rated, in the Pro Bass fishing tournament world. Mr. Rizuto has owned the San Juan River Lodge for many years and has accommodated many famous guests, including, but not limited to, Lorie Morgan, Kevin Kostner and Sammy Hagar.

The Lodge is discreetly located off the main highway and boasts 8 large, immaculate rooms, each with various bed configurations. Each room is equipped with a full bath w/x-large shower, comfortable beds, rod & wader hangars, and flytying tables. The owner’s residence lies adjacent to the motel quarters. San Juan River Lodge has a well-equipped flyshop and an adjoining recreation room with pool table and television w/VCR. Rizuto’s is able to provide continental breakfasts for groups, and arrangements can be made for catered dinner parties.

Due to his long history in the area, Chuck Rizuto has established excellent relationships with all the local guides, who work for him on an “as needed” basis, in addition to his regular guides. All are well versed in the tricks, tactics and safety apropos to this tremendous, cold, and fast-flowing River.

The San Juan River flows out of Navajo Dam Lake, and the 4.25 miles of quality “catch & release” water below the Dam hold over 80,000 trout. Average size of these fish is 17”, but fish well over 20” are abundant. This quality water is fished with tiny flies, fine tippet and proper presentation. A trip to Rizuto's will provide you with the flyfishing trip of a lifetime!

Contact Chuck Rizuto for current (reasonable) room rates and guide fees at 505-632-3893. If Mr. Rizuto is unavailable, his General Manager, Roger will be glad to assist you.

Chuck Rizuto’s San Juan River Lodge is currently for sale! For more information call Georganne Jannenga at (602)320-6388

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