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Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Utah, Red Rock

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Famous for its trophy trout fishing and its surrounding red rock mountains, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is the perfect place for taking in beautiful surroundings while participating in water sports.see more »

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Experience Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Flaming Gorge might be the West's most spectacular reservoir. It certainly is one of the best fisheries around, with Blue Ribbon-designated angling on both the reservoir and the Green River below the dam. And then there's the way the sun catches the red canyon walls, the revitalizing aura of the encompassing Ashley National Forest and High Uintas Wilderness, the prolific wildlife and the quaint, hospitable communities. More than just a breathtaking reservoir with truly excellent fishing, the Flaming Gorge National Recreation area is an all-encompassing outdoor recreation destination. 

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Postcards From the Road:

Rise early with photographer Dan Ransom for stunning views of Flaming Gorge and a memorable day on the Green River.

Flaming Gorge Area Fishing

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Flaming Gorge Adventures at a Glance

With more than 200,000 acres of land and water, Flaming Gorge is a scenic playground for boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, camping, and fishing from boat or shore, especially for trophy trout.

You'll also find great backpacking, hiking, backcountry adventure, excellent lodging options, rafting on the Green River, and in the winter, great snowmobiling and ice fishing. 

Blue Ribbon-Designated Fishing

On Flaming Gorge, get ready to haul trophy fish aboard, from multiple trout species to bass, carp and Burbot. Below Flaming Gorge dam, the Green River is renowned for its trout fishing and excellent rafting. The brown trout on the Green average 15–17 inches in length but a record brown weighed it at 29 pounds in 1996.

Flaming Gorge Weather and Climate

The surface elevation of Flaming Gorge is over 6,000 feet, so while you will get a taste of Utah's semi-arid climate, summertime temperatures often peak in the high 80s F ( C) with night temperatures dropping by over 30 degrees to 51 F (11 C). November through late March sees daytime temperatures drop well below 49 F (9 C) and nights will drop below freezing. Of course, when it gets cold in Flaming Gorge, snowmobilers and ice fishers come out to play!


John Wesley Powell named Flaming Gorge in 1846, after he and his men saw the sun reflecting off the canyon's red rock walls during their historic float trip down the Green River. Rock art and artifacts suggest members of the ancient Fremont Culture and later, Comanche, Shoshone and Ute tribes hunted game in the Gorge. 

Postcards From the Road: Tranquil Utah's Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Photography by Dan Ransom. See more from Dan Ransom's journey through Tranquil Utah and get up close with some of the area's unique and wonderful wildlife.

Sunrise at Flaming Gorge

Rise early and watch the canyon walls live up to their name....

Early Traffic at Flaming Gorge

You might be outnumbered by wildlife on your early morning commute to peace and tranquility.... see more »

Blue Ribbon Fishing Below Flaming Gorge Dam

Blue Ribbon barely does this world-class fishery justice. More like "Best in Show."... see more »

World-Class Fishing on Green River

The water from the dam is regulated to maintain an optimum temperature and flow for this renowned fishery.... see more »

Trout Fishing in Flaming Gorge Area

Look for trophy rainbows, browns, tiger, and smaller lake trout, as well as Kokanee salmon, channel catfish and carp....

Green River Breakfast

Catch and release is encouraged but you might keep a catch or two for breakfast. Trout between 15" and 22" must be released. PDF... see more »

Fishing Green River

Back to a long shot to establish the setting: stunning....

Green River

A little white water to add to the adventure. There are plenty of ways to raft the Green.... see more »

Flaming Gorge Area

Part of a visit to Tranquil Utah is just stopping to absorb its natural beauty, and revel in the sense of calm....

Flaming Gorge

The dreamy, watercolory palette of the Flaming Gorge area is a panoramic lesson in Plein Air....

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Box 279
Manila, UT 84046
(435) 784-3445

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