Flaming Gorge National
Recreation Area was established by Congress October 1, 1968. The area
contains 207,363 acres of land and water which are almost equally divided
between Utah and Wyoming.
Rising 502 feet above
bedrock, Flaming Gorge Dam holds back the Green River to form Flaming
Gorge Reservoir, which extends as far as 91 miles to the north. The
reservoir has a total capacity of 3,788,900 acre-feet. At full elevation
of 6,045 feet, it has a surface area of 42,020 acres.
The reservoir provides
wide-ranging recreational activities such as power-boating, water skiing,
camping, swimming, parasailing, rafting, and fishing. The lake is famous
for its trophy trout fishing, and for the beautiful red rock mountains
rising around it. Below the lake, the Green River is well-known for trout
fishing and rafting.