Places to Visit: Flaming Gorge Recreation Area

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Flaming Gorge Recreation Area

Flaming Gorge Dam, Reservoir, and Powerplant, features of the Colorado River Storage Project, are on the Green River in northeastern Utah about 32 miles downstream from the Utah-Wyoming border.

After the Bureau of Reclamation built Flaming Gorge in the early 1960s, a National Recreation Area was established and recreation management was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, Ashley National Forest.

The reservoir is located in both Utah and Wyoming. Situated 20 miles north of Vernal, Utah, at 6,040-foot elevation in a partial timber setting with 42,000 acres of surface area.

Managed recreation season varies by campground location. Use high on holidays and weekends. Available fish species include rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, and smallmouth bass. The Green River below the dam offers high quality fishing opportunities for brown and rainbow trout. Fishing guides and boats available.

Free guided tours of the dam and power plant are conducted year-round by the Flaming Gorge Natural History Association. The tours take between 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Winter tours are offered Friday through Monday every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Summer tours take place every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

- content provided by the US Department of the Interior.

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