Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is full of hidden gems. The beautiful reservoir is surrounded by stunning red cliffs and Ashley National Forest. These combined create the perfect location to explore the great outdoors.
Both Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River are fishing paradises. The reservoir is filled with 30+ pound lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon and smallmouth bass. There are several access points to launch a boat on the lake — one of the most popular being Buckboard Marina — located just 25 miles south of the nearby town of Green River. In 1988, a record lake trout (51 lb 8 oz) was caught at Flaming Gorge, and there may be bigger fish to yet be caught.
In addition to fishing on the reservoir, the Green River is famous for its abundantly clear water and endless trout supply. On any given day you will see a fleet of drift boats and rubber rafts floating down the Green River. To purchase a fishing license, stop at Ace Hardware in Rock Springs just before heading south to get to the national recreation area.
During the winter join in on the fun by competing in the Burbot Bash. This ice-fishing competition helps to keep the non-native fish from overpopulating the area. If competition is not your style enjoy ice fishing at your own pace during the colder months.
Bring your own or rent a boat from the Buckboard Marina which opens the door to endless water sport opportunities including tubing, water skiing and swimming. Or you can opt for another form of transportation on the water and jet ski or raft the river or lake.
Hiking and Mountain Biking
The epic scenery and landscape of Flaming Gorge make it the perfect place to take a hike. Trails consist of both deserts to forests and range from short jaunts to longer excursions. Find hiking and biking trails through our interactive map.
Visitors can also tour the Flaming Gorge Dam. Located just south of the Wyoming border in our neighboring state of Utah, the dam separates the reservoir from the river and is one of the largest in the West. It rises more than 500 feet above the Green River and provides water storage in addition to hydroelectric power. There is a visitor center located on top of the dam, which provides daily tours down into the dam to view the hydroelectric power plant.
Flaming Gorge Lodging
Camping is one of the most popular activities in Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. There are several different campsites available offering scenic views of the lake, river and beautiful canyon walls. It’s a good idea to book a campground at least a month in advance of your trip, especially during holidays and the busy summer season. Reserve your campsite at recreation.gov.
Buckboard Marina, located on the northwest shore of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, is one such site offering 66 single-family campsites. Several of the sites provide electrical hookups and most all offer a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Each site has access to flushable toilets, drinking water and showers.
Just a short drive north of Flaming Gorge is the great Wyoming towns of Green River and Rock Springs, both of which offer excellent and diverse lodging options.
How to Get to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
From I-80 in southern Wyoming, take exit 99 in Rock Springs and head south on highway 191. Or you can travel south of Green River on Hwy 530.