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Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a popular attraction area near Dutch John, Utah that offers approximately 207,363 acres of land and water for travelers and residents alike to enjoy. Read More

  • The towns of Manila and Dutch John, Utah are nearby for close accommodations for travelers who wish to have their own amenities.
  • Special stamps can be purchased in order to fish from both the Wyoming and Utah sides of the reservoir.


Flaming Gorge Reservoir boasts various recreational opportunities such as power boating, waterskiing, camping, parasailing, rafting, swimming and fishing from both boats or from shore. Rafting, hiking and camping are also popular activities in the summer season.


Flaming Gorge Reservoir can be enjoyed year-round; however, the majority of activities offered are most enjoyable in the summer season. Yet, the popular activity of trout fishing can be done year round with appropriate licenses from either Wyoming or Utah. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are viable winter activities.

However, the U.S. Forest Service closes campgrounds and other seasonal activities during the onset of winter.


  • Day Use Fee: $5.00
  • 7 Days: $15.00
  • Annual Pass: $35.00


Ashley National Forest Supervisors
355 North Vernal Avenue
Vernal, Utah 84078
Phone: 435-789-1181


The area has nearly 360 miles of shoreline and multiple mountain access points to where even the most seasoned outdoorsman can gain access to a virtual oasis. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area also offers 43 campgrounds with over 700 individual campsites. There are also many scheduled activities such as classes of interest and special events throughout the year.

Getting Here

Take I-70 west to Rifle. Go on highway 18 north to Meeker. Take highway 64 west to Dinosaur. Travel on highway 40 west to Vernal. Turn on highway 191. Travel about 38 miles and turn right and continue on highway 191 about 2 miles to Flaming Gorge which is on the left side of the road.

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