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Native Colorado River cutthroat trout no longer occur in McKinney Creek but the stream contains good numbers of non-native brook trout. White suckers, creek chubs, and speckled dace are also present. The stream also provides important habitat for native mountain suckers.
When dry, the roads to McKinney Creek are passable by most vehicles. However, when they're wet it's best to fish somewhere else for a day or so until they dry out. Of the several ways to reach this stream, you can go south from Rawlins on the Deep Creek Road. In about 27 miles, turn right (southwest) on the McCarty Canyon Road. Follow this road for about 5 miles to its junction with the Miller Hill Road. Take this road northwest about 4 miles to where it forms a "Y" at the bottom of a steep hill. Take the right hand fork and go a little over 4 miles to the north fence line of the WHMA. Here you'll see a rutted two-track road going left (west) parallel to the fence. Follow this road to its end on a bluff overlooking McKinney Creek. Be sure to set your parking brake before hiking down this fairly steep hill to reach the stream.