Flaming Gorge Dam
Colorado River Storage Project
The Flaming Gorge Dam was constructed as part of the Colorado River Storage Project. The Flaming Gorge Reservoir that was created after the Dam’s construction is the highlight of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. It is enjoyed for its fishing, boating and scenic values.
The water storage helps agriculture producers downstream during times of draught and helps minimize flooding during extremely wet years. Visitors can enjoy tours
of the Dam year round.
Although construction of the Flaming Gorge Dam was authorized on April 11, 1956, the first bucket of concrete was not poured until September 18, 1960. The first power was generated on September 27, 1963, while the Dam was not officially dedicated until August 17, 1964.
Other Flaming Gorge Dam facts are available on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Fact Sheet
. The Bureau also has links for the Dam’s Photographic History
; the reservoir’s elevation and river releases
, and a flow report
Green River Blue Ribbon Trout Fishery
The Green River
below the Flaming Gorge Dam is Blue Ribbon Trout fishery. Fish Survey’s indicate that some of the areas of the Green river below the dam have the most fish per mile of anywhere in the U.S. A trail winds along the river from just below the Dam to an area called Little Hole, which is seven miles downstream.
Rentals & Services
There are raft rentals and guided rafting and fishing services available in the area for those who would rather float than walk to enjoy the ruggedly spectacular scenery.
Possible Increasing Flows
Those who choose to wade fish should be aware that the Flaming Gorge Dam is a peaking station and that flows below the Dam can change throughout the day. The Division of Wildlife Resources issued a statement
concerning the need to watch for increasing flows.