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Flaming Gorge Dam Recreation

The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area was established by Congress in October 1968. The NRA encompasses approximately 201,000 acres (81,342 hectares) of scenic land surrounding Flaming Gorge Reservoir’s 375 miles (604 kilometers) of shoreline which extends as far as 91 miles (147 km) to the north.

The recreation facilities at Flaming Gorge Reservoir are managed by the U.S.Forest Service as part of the Ashley National Forest, and include boat ramps, marinas, and campgrounds. The NRA offers numerous and varied recreation activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, camping, rock climbing, windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving. Fishing, however, is by far the most popular activity. Flaming Gorge Reservoir has become nationally known for the spectacular fishing available in the reservoir’s cool clear water which is ideal for growing large trout. The famous angling waters of the reservoir have produced state and world record size lake trout, German brown trout, and rainbow trout. The reservoir also supports cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish.

Below the dam, the Green River is famous for its blue-ribbon trout fishing and white water rafting opportunities. The scenic beauty of the canyon setting enhances the experience of rafting the white water rapids, fishing, or hiking the Little Hole National Trail. One of the most breath-taking scenes in the area is Firehole Canyon, south of Rock Springs off US Highway 191, which features beautiful formations reflecting in the blue water of the reservoir.

Free tours of Flaming Gorge Dam are offered throughout most of the year and begin at the Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center.

Flaming Gorge Visitor Center/Guided Tour Schedule

photo: marina at Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Marina at Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend:
Visitor center open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tours offered daily from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

April 15 - Friday before Memorial Day; Tuesday after Labor Day to October 15:
Visitor center open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tours are offered daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

October 16 - April 14:
Visitor center open Friday - Monday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tours are closed

For more information, contact the Flaming Gorge Field Division at: (435) 885-3106 or the Flaming Gorge Visitor Center
at: (435) 885-3135.

 

Last updated: June 5, 2013