Boating on Lake Flaming Gorge
|Boating Opportunities on the Gorge
One of the many reasons people visit Flaming Gorge Country involves enjoyment of the water. The Flaming Gorge Dam has created a 92 mile long reservoir that has over 350 miles of shoreline. This huge reservoir is often referred to by locals as Lake Flaming Gorge. Boaters can enjoy fishing, waterskiing, wake boarding, tubing and other towables, jet skiing, personal watercraft, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, sightseeing, and wildlife viewing.
Marinas and Boat Ramps
There are two marinas in Utah’s portion of the Flaming Gorge (Lucerne Valley Marina and Cedar Springs Marina) and one to the North in Wyoming (Buckboard Marina). The marinas have supplies and fuel available, slips for short or long term boat storage as well as boat rentals and guided fishing services. Both Utah marinas have launch ramps in addition to those at Antelope Flats, Mustang Ridge and Sheep Creek Bay (Map).
No Motorized craft are allowed on the Green River below the dam, but drift boats, rafts and inflatable kayaks are available for rent in the Dutch John businesses (Flaming Gorge Resort, Flaming Gorge Recreation Services and Trout Creek Flies). During the latter part of May and early June the Green River has higher flows for those who enjoy the thrill of fast moving water. Otherwise the drought over the past few years has restricted flows to 800 cfs for most of the summer.
Cruising through the canyons
Watercraft are popular!
Improved Sites in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
Ramps and other improved areas require a use pass. Revenues from the use pass stay in the Flaming Gorge area for additional improvements. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area has a use fee of $5.00 per day; $15.00 for 7 days or $35.00 for an annual pass. There are several campgrounds with facilities on the lake that are only available by boat.
Quagga and Zebra Mussels
Utah is worried about the spread of the mussels and the detrimental affects it could have on Utah’s lakes and water ways. Passed during the 2008 legislative session, SB-238 gives Utah law enforcement officers and port-of-entry agents the authority to stop, inspect and detain vehicles and boats that may contain a quagga or zebra mussel.
If this intervention is successful, it could save Utahns millions of dollars each year. For more information see the DWR Wildlife News.
This page last updated: 06/03/2008