The Green River

The Green River is a superb outdoor recreation area managed by the USDA Forest Service. Fishing, boating, and hiking opportunities abound.

ACCESS to the Green River in Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is from two major points. Visitor shuttles may be arranged through local businesses.

Flaming Gorge Dom Spillway is located on a narrow, winding road approximately one mile below Flaming Gorge Dam. Facilities include boat ramps and angler parking. Drinking water and restrooms available seasonally.

Little Hole is located approximately seven river miles below the dam, and is accessible by road via Dutch John, Utah. Facilities include boat ramps, angler parking, and fully accessible parking, fishing platforms, and picnic areas. Drinking water and restrooms available seasonally.

CAMPING is permitted at Dripping Springs Campground, 4 miles west of Little Hole. Camping is available-year-round; some sites are fully accessible. Fees are charged; call 1 800 280-CAMP for reservations. Sixteen hike-in/float-in campsites are also located below Little Hole. Sites are first-come, first-served and pack in/pack out.

FISHING the Green River has become world famous. Since completion of Flaming Gorge Dam in 1963, the tailwater below the dam has matured into a premier trout stream. The US Forest Service is responsible for providing visitor facilities and access. Utah State Division of Wildlife Resources manages the fishery. Recently, the agency responsible for managing the dam, the USDI Bureau of Reclamation, has modified water releases to improve habitat for native and endangered fishes. All three agencies work together to insure visitors a high quality recreational experience.

Utah State Fishing Licenses are required for fishing the Green River, Local businesses sell licenses and equipment.

Catch and Release regulations apply to improve all anglers" chances. Trout limit is three: two 13 inches or under; one 20 inches or over.

Artificial Flies and Lures Only! fly anglers have found dry flies, nymphs, and/or streamers successful, Spin anglers use jigs, Rapalas, and spin-type lures.

Guides and Outfitters provide fishing and scenic trips; contact the Forest Service for a current list of permittees.

RIVER LEVELS can fluctuate between 800 cfs and 4700 cfs depending on dam releases. River users MUST be prepared for rapid changes in volume; for this reason, life jackets are required and float tubes are not recommended.

FLOATING the Green River in rafts and dories is popular. Rapids depend on river flows; Spillway to Little Hole is generally easy to float with little white water (class 11). Little Hole to Browns Park contains class III/IV rapids and requires more experienced boaters.

Raft rentals are available from:

% Flaming Gorge Flying Service, 801 885-3338
% Flaming Gorge Recreation Services, 801 885-3191
% Flaming Gorge Lodge, 801 889-3773
HIKING along the Green River provides anglers access to riverside fishing, and all visitors a chance to enjoy a spectacular natural area. Birdwatchers will find a variety of birds, including numerous migrants and osprey in the summer, and bald eagles in winter. 'The seven-mile long Little Hole National Recreation Trail connects the spillway below the dam with the facilities at Little Hole. Composting restroom facilities are located about two miles above Little Hole. The. Lower Little Hole trail continues downstream about two miles to hike-in/ float-in campsites.

Mountain bikes are not allowed on the Little Hole trail due to high angler use.

ALL RIVER USERS should be prepared for rapid changes in river flow. Please treat other users with courtesy and respect.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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