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Monday, September 23, 2002
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
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Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Ashley National Forest at sunset

Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Ashley National Forest at sunset
Courtesy USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Region

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Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area including the section of the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam is administered by the Ashley National Forest. This rugged wildland stretches from Wyoming high deserts, where herds of antelope play along the lake shore, to the forested slopes of Utah's Uinta Mountains.

In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell, on expedition down the Green River, looked in awe at this magnificent country and named it Flaming Gorge. Today the brilliant red cliffs are scenic attractions for thousands of visitors annually. The heart of the National Recreation Area is a 91-mile-long reservoir, created by the Flaming Gorge Dam in 1963. With over 300 miles of shoreline, boat ramps, full service lodges and marinas, Lake Flaming Gorge is an aquatic paradise. While motor boating, sailing, swimming, windsurfing, water skiing, and scuba diving are among the lake's popular recreation activities, "The Gorge" is most famous for its fishing.

The cool, clear depths of Lake Flaming Gorge are ideal for growing enormous trout. These famous angling waters have produced fish of state and world record size, including: lake trout (Mackinaw) over 50 pounds, German brown trout over 30 pounds, and rainbow trout over 25 pounds. Flaming Gorge also supports numerous cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, small mouthbass, and channel catfish.
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