Zeb and Soapy Love Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck are enjoying northeast Utah.   Today mom is driving to Flaming Gorge Recreational Area.

Approaching Flaming Gorge Recreational Area. We will cross that bridge soon.

Approaching Flaming Gorge Recreational Area. We will cross that bridge soon.

Before we cross that beautiful metal bridge, we must gaze at the Green River.

Beautiful Green River

Beautiful Green River

Naturally, our first stop is the Visitor’s Center.

Visitor's Center with Frances Turbine Wheel

Visitor’s Center with Frances Turbine Wheel

What are we sitting on here?   This sign explains it very well.

We sat on this turbine. It was really used for 42 years

We sat on this turbine. It was really used for 42 years

This is exciting.   Our resting place was really used here for 42 years.   The reservoir is used for many types of recreation for humans.

Recreational area in reservoir

Recreational area in reservoir

On the right is a fishing pier.   On the left, a boat dock.   And, straight ahead is Osprey Island.   Many Osprey birds live on the island.   They build nests from sticks and the nests may be used for decades.   Each year a little is added to the nest, and many nests have a circumference exceeding 5 feet.   The Osprey is a large bird, with a wingspan often reaching six feet.   The Osprey hunts by flying over the reservoir looking for fish just below the surface.   When it spots a fish, the Osprey pulls into a brief stall, flaps its wings a few times and plummets–feet first–into the water, often disappearing below the surface.   If the dive is successful, the Osprey emerges with a wriggling trout or salmon ensnared in its long curving talons.  While boats are plentiful on the reservoir, they must be careful not to get too close to the dam.

Boaters should not get too close to dam

Boaters should not get too close to dam

This is the dam.

We can drive over the daml

We can drive over the dam

We drive over the dam and head to the river.   If you want to launch your boat in the river, you drive to the river, but must park up here.

Park up here, but launch boats down there by river

Park up here, but launch boats down there by river

The river is way down there.   If you drive to the river with your boat, after launching, you must take vehicle back up to the top for parking.

Looking up canyon wall to parking area

Looking up canyon wall to parking area

Humans usually will drive but then must use the Foot Trail between the vehicle and the river.

Foot Trail between river and parking

Foot Trail between river and parking

Down by the river, we had a great view of the dam.   The dam is 455 feet, or 140 meters above the river channel.   The cement extends below the river bottom for another 47 feet, or 14 meters, where it is anchored in bedrock.     One million cubic yards, 765,000 cubic meters, of concrete was used to build the dam and power plant.   We admired the boats on the river and watched the fisherman standing in the river.

Boats and fisherman in river

Boats and fisherman in river

This is a beautiful place and humans are having fun.   It is time for us to leave now, but one last glimpse of the Green River as we leave Utah’s Flaming Gorge Recreational Area.

Leaving Flaming Gorge Recreational Area.

Leaving Flaming Gorge Recreational Area.

This is another place we would be happy to visit again.

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