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The High Uinta Mountains located in northeastern Utah are home to over 1,000 natural lakes of which more than 650 support wild and introduced populations of game fish—predominently Bonneville and Colorado River cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, golden rainbow trout, and grayling. To a lesser degree anglers will also find limited populations of warm water fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and tiger musky.

The Uintas offer a one-of-a-kind fishing experience that should be on every angler’s bucketlist. The Uinta fishery can be fished either baitcasting or fly fishing tackle, and supports a seemingly limitless number of rivers and creeks that are best tackled with a fly rod and reel. With so many diverse fishing opportunities, you couldn’t hope to fish the Uintas in a lifetime. (It’s been attempted.)

The Uinta Mountain range offers some of the best fishing, but it has unpredictable weather, challenging terrain and is an unforgiving environment for the unprepared. Additionally, fishing can also be unpredictable. You may have no success in one lake and then hook a 5 pound brown trout in the next. I’ve often had to fish several streams before finding a sweet spot.

The following information tables and maps have been compiled to help you fully research, plan, and prepare for a fishing trip to the High Uintas. Tables and maps are organized by drainage area. ONLY fishing lakes are included. The Uintas are divided into 14 major drainages. Along with each drainage area is a link to a PDF file providing more extensive information and details for the lakes and fisheries located within the drainage.

Ashley Creek Drainage is divided into Dry Fork Creek, South Fork and North Fork. There are over 70 lakes in the Ashley Creek Drainage of which 27 hold natural reproducing trout populations, including brook, cutthroat and a few rainbows.

There are three trailheads into Ashley Creek Drainage. The Dry Fork access found at the Paradise Park Reservoir camground, Ashley Twins Reservoir and a final access 1/2 mile west of Hacking Lake.

Ashley Twins Reservoir serves as the starting point to reach lakes in the South Fork of Ashley Creek. There is 5.5 mil road (accessible by 4×4) from Red Cloud Loop that will take you to Ashley Twins Reservoir.

To reach Hacking Lake there is a road accessible at the Trout Creek Guard Station and runs west 7 miles. 1/2 mile west of Hacking Lake there is a trailhead that provides access to Lakeshore Basion (South Fork of Ashley Creek).

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Ashley Twins Reservoir, GR-352518Brook trout, cutthroat trout (reproducing)Moderate
Bert, FR-623.711Brook trout (stocked)Low
Blue, DF-16.516Brook troutModerate
Deadman, GR-3879Brook trout, cutthroat troutHigh
DF-41023CutthroatLow
East Kibah, DF-112.912Brook trout (stocked), rainbow trout (reproducing)Moderate
Finger Kibah, DF-124.79Brook troutModerate
West Kibah, DF-147.815Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Island Kibah, DF-16814Brook troutModerate
Fish, GR-5717.540Cutthroat trout (reproducing)High
Goose #2, GR-4319.415CutthroatLow
GR-522.14Brook troutModerate
Hooper, GR-464.54Cutthroat troutModerate
Lakeshore, GR-3411.118Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Little Blue, GR-483.26Brook troutLow
March, GR-3912.621Brook troutModerate
North Twin (Dry Fork), GR-50n/an/aBrook and cutthroat troutHigh
Paul, DF-1811.117Brook troutLow
Red Belly, GR-516.38Cutthroat troutModerate
Sandy, GR-455.610Cutthroat troutLow
Shaw, GR-592.85Cutthroat troutLow
South Twin (Dry Fork), GR-496.28Brook and cutthroat troutHigh

The Bear River Drainage is the largest drainage in the Uintas. It is located in the northwestern extremity of the Uinta range. Most of the drainage area is rugged with a few narrow drainage basins in the east and timbered ridges to the west.

The drainage include 6 major tributary systems including the West Fork, Hayden Fork, Main Fork, Stillwater Fork, East Fork and the Mill Creek Drainage. The West Fork and Mill Creek areas are not open to public access. The drainage has 38 lakes, a reservoir, and several small lakes. Most lakes contain populations of brook or cutthroat trout. A few lakes are stocked with rainbow trout.

The Bear River Drainage is accessible via the Mirror Lake Highway (U-150) east and north of city of Kamas, Utah and south of Evanston, Wyoming. Other access points include Forest Service routes includinge Whitney, Gold Hill, Stillwater, North Slope, East Fork and Mill Creek Roads. Backcountry access areas include the Christmas Meadows and East Fork-Bear River Trailheads and Ruth Lake and Whiskey Creek Trail turnouts on U-150.

A few of the lakes in the Bear River Drainage are accessible by road, but the majority are remote and accessibe only by trail. The most popular access trails include the Bear River-Smiths Fork Trail, the Main Fork Stillwater Trail, the Ruth Lake Trail, the Boundary Creek Trail, the Stillwater Trail, the East Fork Bear River Trail, the Kermsuh Lake Trail, the Amethyst Lake Trail, the Left Hand Fork Trail, and the Whiskey Creek Trail. Each of these trail systems is identified by a Forest Service trail number.

The most popular fishing lakes in the drainage are Ruth, Bourbon, Lyrn, Teal, Beaver and Whitney Reservoir. If you’re seeking solitude, these are the lakes you’ll want to avoid.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Allsop, BR-4212.322Cutthroat (natural reproducing)Moderate
Amethyst42.559Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Baker, BR-453.68Tiger troutModerate
Beaver, BR-1013.232Rainbow, brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Bourbon (Gold Hill), BR-11.98Brook troutModerate
BR-20.75Brook troutLow
BR-1615Brook and cutthroat trout (natural reproducing)Low
BR-172.87Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
BR-184.812Brook troutLow
BR-242.410Tiger troutLow
BR-443.615Tiger troutLow
Cutthroat, BR-373.816Cutthroat and tiger troutModerate
Hayden, BR-364.45Tiger troutModerate
Kermush12.414Cutthroat trout (natural reproducing)Low
Lily, BR-1112.620Rainbow troutModerate
Lorena, BR-461220Brook trout (stocked)Low
Lym, BR-76.420Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
McPheters, BR-142845Tiger troutModerate
Meadow, BR-192.95Brook trout (natural reproducing)Low
Mt. Elizabeth, BR-83.115Cutthroat troutModerate
Norice, BR-474.83Cutthroat trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
Ostler, BR-271414Tiger troutModerate
Priord, BR-481220Cutthroat trout (stocked), Tiger troutModerate
Ruth, BR-409.730Brook trout (stocked)High
Ryder, BR-1523.755Brook troutModerate
Salamander, BR-264.113Brook trout (stocked)Low
Scow, BR-1222.96Brook troutLow
Seidner, BR-313.28Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
Teal, BR-326.914Tiger troutModerate
Toom Set, BR-252.111Brook trout (natural reproducing)Low
Whiskey Island (Guy's) BR-3519Arctic graylingLow

Beaver Creek Drainage is a remote area located on the north slope of the Uinta Mountain Range approximately 10 miles south of Lonetree, Wyoming. It is characterized by apline basins, timbered ridges and several small lakes. The basin comprises the West Fork, Middle Fork and East Fork drainage systems.

Given its remoteness, fishing pressure is low. Anglers rarely make the effort to visit and fish Beaver Creek’s backcountry lakes. If you want to catch trout, and are looking for a little solitude, Beaver Creek Drainage is a great place to plan a fishing adventure.

Bearver Creek Drainage is home to 40 lakes, one large reservoir and a various small ponds. Only 12 of these bodies of water have fish populations. Brookies and cutthroats are the most common catches. If you want to target rainbows, visit Hoop Lake in the East Fork Drainage. Most trout populations are naturally reproducing. Aerial stockings of fingerlings are scheduled every few years as required to maintain trout populations.

The easiest way to access Beaver Creek Drainage is via the Hole in the Rock Road for Lontree, Wyoming and the North Slope Road accessible from Henry Fork Drainage or Burnt Fork Drainage. There are three trails that provide acess to Beaver Creek wilderness area. These include the West Fork Beaver Trail (accessible from West Fork Road), the Thompson Peak Trails (accessible from the Hoop Lake Trailhead), and the Middle Fork Beaver Trail (accessible from Georges Park Trailhead).

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Beaver, GR-14738.330Brook trout (natural reproducing), CutthroatHigh
Coffin, GR-14425.828Cutthroat (stocked), Tiger troutLow
Dine, GR-1485.115Brook troutLow
Gilbert, GR-15015.22Brook and cutthroat trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
GR-1455.611Cutthroat (variable), Arctic graylingLow
GR-15112.611Brook trout (natural reproducing)Low
GR-1524.813Brook troutLow
GR-1533.62Brook and cutthroat troutLow
GR-1542.16Brook trout (stocked)Low
GR-1551.66Brook trout (stocked)Low
GR-1604.850Brook troutLow
GR-1614.341Brook trout (variable)Low
GR-1626.518Brook trout (variable)Low
GR-1636.516Brook trout (variable)Low
GR-1723.615Brook trout (variable)Low
GR-1733.927Brook trout (variable)Low
GR-17518.311Cutthroat troutLow
GR-1795.511Brook trout (variable)Low
Hidden, GR-1496.518Brook trout (stocked)Moderate

Blacks Fork Drainage is located on the north slope of the Uintas. It is composed of 4 tributaries, including West Fork, Middle Fork,
East Fork and Little East Fork. Blacks Fork Drainage is a rugged alpine tundra composed of narrow river valleys.

There are 33 lakes, 3 reservoirs and over 100 smaller (smaller than 2 acre) ponds located throughout the 4 tributaries. You’ll find trout in about half of these waters.

Blacks Fork Drainage is about 15 miles south of U-150 on North Slope Road and 18 miles southwest of Robertson, Wyoming. There are several trails that provide access to back country wilderness areas in the drainage. These include Bear River-Smith Fork Trail, the East Fork Blacks Fork Trail, the West Fork Blacks Fork Trail, the Little East Fork Blacks Fork Trail and the Middle Fork Blacks Fork Trail.

If you’re looking for peace and solitude, it doesn’t get any better than Blacks Fork Drainage. Most fishing lakes are located some distance from the road and accessible by foot. Only 5 of the lakes can be reached directly by road or trail. Fishing pressure is low in this drainage.

The most popular catches in the Blacks Fork Basin are brook and cutthroat trout. Most trout populations reproduce naturally. Brook and cutthroat populations are augmented periodically by aerial stocking. In the Lyman Lakes, where fishig pressure is higher, brook trout are stocked regularly, as are rainbows. A few lakes offer the possibility of tiger trout and graylings.

If you plan on doing much fishing in the Blacks Fork Drainage, make sure to carefully plan your trip ahead of time. The terrain is rugged, lakes are remote, and there is a bit of distance between fishable waters.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Bobs, G-736.630Cutthroat trout (stocked), Tiger troutLow
Dead Horse, G-771641Cutthroat trout (stocked), Tiger troutModerate
Duck, G-375.95Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Ejod, G-766.712Cutthroat trout (natural & stocked)Low
G-6555Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
G-66412Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
G-677.725Brook trout (stocked)Low
G-694.813Cutthrout (natural reproducing)Low
G-703.84Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
G-714.814Brook troutn/a
G-721.36UnknownLow
G-743.43Brook troutLow
G-783.29Brook troutLow
G-792.55Brook troutLow
G-801.88Brook troutLow
G-811.65Cutthrout trout (stocked)Low
G-823.86Brook troutLow
G-866.47Brook troutLow
Little Lyman, G-25525Rainbow trout (stocked)High
Lyman, G-2736.630Rainbow trout (stocked)Moderate
Moslander, G-10211.429Brook troutLow

Dry Gulch is located between the Uinta River and Swift Creek Drainages, approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Altamont, Utah. It is a relatively small drainage composed of the Heller and Crow basins.

The Heller Basin has 1 reservoir, 3 lakes and just over 30 small ponds. The reservoir and the lakes are the only managed fisheries, but you may also find fish in some of the ponds. The terrain is not as rugged as other drainages in the Uinta range. It is characterized by talus ridges covered by conifer pines and narrow damp meadows. Heller basin is accessed via Dry Gulch Rd (No.122) north of Altamont near the boundary dividing the U.S. Forest Service and Indian Reservation.

Crow basin is long and narrow surrounded by steep rock walls. The floor of the basin is composed of meadows and rigdes covered in conifers. There are 11 lakes that are bigger than 2 acres and several smaller ponds. Not all the lakes are stocked with trout and fishing can be hit or miss. The basin is accessed via the Timothy Creek jeep trail (no.120) located north of Altamont or Neola about 2 miles west of the Dry Gulch turnoff. From there travel 6 miles along Timothy Creek Road to Jackson Park which borders Crow Basin.

Crow Basin can also be accessed from Heller Basin. Follow the Lily Pad lakes trail northwest from Heller Basin over the Flat Top Mountain into Crow Basin. The Crow Basin receives relatively low fishing pressure compared to Heller Basin due to its inaccessibility.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Crow, DG-31826Cutthroat troutModerate
DG-635Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
DG-764Cutthroat troutLow
DG-878Cutthroat troutLow
DG-91027Cutthroat troutLow
DG-101012Cutthroat troutLow
DG-14210Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
DG-1539Cutthroat troutLow
DG-1638Cutthroat troutLow
DG-17312Cutthroat troutLow
Heller Reservoir, DG-281237Brook troutHigh
Hidden, DG-271039Brook troutLow
Lower Lily Pad, DG-26911Brook troutLow
Upper Lily Pad, DG-251237Brook and cutthroat troutHigh

The Uinta River Drainage is among the largest in the Uinta Mountain Range. It is comprised of seven major basins including Painter, Painter Lakes, Atwood, Krebs, Gilbert, Fox-crescent and Kidney Lakes, as well as several smaller basins. The seven basins are accessible by foot or horse.

The Uinta Canyon Trailhead and West Fork of the Whiterocks River drainage provide the main access to the Uinta River Drainage. The Uinta Canyon trail is located 21 miles north of Neola, Utah. It provides access to the western region of the Uinta River drainage. The West Fork of the Whiterocks River drainage is locate 25 miles north of Whiterocks, Utah. It provides access to the eastern region of the drainage.

The Uinta River Drainage has over 90 lakes and ponds. Over half of these lakes support productive trout fisheries. The most abundant fish species in the Uinta River Drainage are book and cutthroat trout. A few lakes also contain rainbow and golden trout. Streams and tributaries to the major lakes usually provide good trout fishing as well.

The heaviest fishing pressure is at Kidney lakes, Chain lakes, Fox-Cresent lakes and Atwood lakes. If you’re looking for peace and quite, you’ll want to avoid these lakes during the mid-summer months.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Albert, U-9478Cutthroat troutLow
Allred, U-143430Brook troutModerate
Atwood, U-1620040Brook trout and golden troutModerate
B-29 Lake, U-18197Brook troutLow
Bear, U-74915Brook trout (stocked)Low
Bollie, U-961015Cutthroat troutLow
Bowden, U-324.514Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Brook, U-54108Brook trout (stocked)Low
Carrot, U-173131Brook trout (stocked)Low
Chain 1 (Lower), U-36238Brook trout (natural reproducing)High
Chain 2 (Middle), U-214.413Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
Chain 3 (Upper), U-15144Brook troutModerate
Chain 4, U-413.531Cutthroat troutLow
Craig, U-859.314Cutthroat and brook troutLow
Crescent, U-483123Cutthroat and brook troutModerate high
Davis, North, U-467.37Brook troutLow
Davis, South, U-346.14Brook troutLow
Divide, U-5918.939Cutthroat troutLow
Dollar, U-4911.56Brook troutModerate
Fox, U-4710247Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
George Beard, U-217.415Brook trout (natural reproducing)Low
Gilbert, U-8214.620Brook trout (stocked)Low
Kidney, East, U-2513.712Brook troutHigh
Kidney, West, U-26204Brook troutHigh
Lily, U-235.315Brook troutLow
Lily Pad, U-83.77Brook and rainbow trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
Milk, U-7313.135Brook and cutthroat troutLow
Mt. Emmons, U-1315.521Brook trout, Golden TroutLow
Oke Doke, U-512.938Cutthroat (stocked)Low
Penny Nickell, U-9811.543Cutthroat (stocked)Low
Pippen, U-93.23Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
Rainbow, U-3335.120Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
Roberts, U-1523.338Cutthroat and brook troutLow
Samuals, U274.87Brook troutLow
U-19158Brook trout, Golden troutLow
U-354.45Cutthroat and brook troutModerate
U-364.67Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderage
U-376.312Brook trout (stocked)Low
U-3815.713Cutthroat troutModerate
U-427.67Cutthroat troutLow
U-4555Cutthroat troutLow
U-50188Brook troutLow
U-756.918Brook troutLow
U-76615Cutthroat troutLow
U-881418Brook troutLow
U-8911.515Brook troutLow
U-9311.18Cutthroat trout (stocked)Very low
Verlie, U-4110.612Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate

The Duchesne River Drainage is one of the more popular areas to fish in the Uinta Mountains. The drainage has 62 natural lakes with over half of these lakes supporting healthy trout populations. This area is also popular among hikers. It is characterized by wide basins with gentle sloping ridges covered with conifers.

The best access for anglers is via U-150 east of Kamas, UT or Hwy 35 just north of the city of Hanna. The drainage can also be accessed using the Murdock Basin and Iron Mine Mountain Timber roads. Another reason for the basin’s popularity is that 15 of the best fishing lakes are directly accessible by vehicle and the remaining lakes can be reached using well-maintained hiking trails.

Most visitors to the Duchesne River Drainage access the area using the Highline and Mirror Lake trailheads just off U-150 or via the Grandview and Sawmill Flat trailheads on Highway 35. The Highline trail is the major inland route providing access to Naturalist Basin and Packard Lake Trail. If you want to access the lakes along the eastern rim of the drainage, such as Sonny, Farney and Marshall, take the Grandaddy Trail from the trailhead.

Lesser traveled access routes into the Duchesne River Drainage include the Olga Lake Trail, East Fork Trail, Skinner Duchesne River Trail, Cutoff Trail, Mirror Lake Trail, Pinto Lake Trail, Blue Lake Trail and Fehr Lake Trail.

The lakes along the Mirror Lake Highway Corridor receive the most fishing pressure of any lakes in the basin. Popularity of these lakes is driven by great fishing and amenities. Moosehorn Lake, Mirror Lake, Butterfly Lakes and Scout Lake offer well-maintained campgrounds, restrooms an picnic facilities. Jordan Lake in the Naturalist Basin recieves the highest fishing pressure and activity. If you’re looking for solitude, it’s recommended to visit of one of the many other basins in the Uintas.

You’ll find both brook trout and cutthroats throughout the drainage, but brookies are by far the more abundant species. Rainbow trout can be found in a few of the larger stocked lakes including Mirror Lake, Moosehorn Lake, Pass Lake and Butterfly Lakes. If you’re interested in hooking an Arctic grayling, hit Carolyn Lake.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Blizzard, D-251936Brook troutModerate
Blythe, Z-20514Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Bonnie, Z-63.67Brook trout (stocked), CutthroatHigh
Broadhead, D-408.816Brook trout (stocked)Low
Bud, Z-23.713Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Butterfly, Z-14.313Rainbow and brook trout (stocked)High
Carolyn, Z-42517Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Castle, D-14112Cutthroat trout, Tiger troutModerate
D-191.26Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
D-26310Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Echo, Z-161844Golden troutModerate
Everman, Z-367.87Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Farney, X-1412.614Arctic grayling (stocked)Low
Fehr, Z-75.727Brook troutHigh
Gem, Z-173.814Tiger troutLow
Hades, D-116.432Rainbow and brook trout (stocked)Low
Hoover, Z-1018.628Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Joan, Z-1915.220Brook troutModerate
Jordan, Z-3523.230Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Leconte, Z-339.515Cutthroat trout, Arctic graylingModerate
Maba, Z-84.220Brook troutHigh
Marsell, X-1116.450Cutthroat trout (stocked)Moderate
Marshall, Z-111836CutthroatHigh
Mirror, Z-34237Rainbow and brook trout (stocked)High
Moosehorn, Z-4811Rainbow trout (stocked)High
Morat #1, Z-315.413Cutthroat trout (stocked)Moderate
Morat #2, Z-273.65Cutthroat troutModerate
Packard, Z-154.510Brook troutHigh
Pass, Z-53.38Rainbow troutModerate
Pyramid, Z-171536Brook troutHigh
Scout, Z-123017Rainbow troutHigh
Shaler, Z-34137Cutthroat troutModerate
Shepard, Z-914.232Brook, cutthroat and rainbow troutHigh
Sonny, X-12513Brook trout (stocked)Low
Wilder, Z-133.714Brook troutHigh
Wyman, Z-146.517Brook trout (stocked)Moderate

The Henry Forks Drainage is a relative small drainage located 25 miles south of Mountain View, Wyoming on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains. It is charactized by narrow river valleys, wide timbered slopes, sparse alpine tundra, and tundra-covered plateaus.

The drainage has over 50 lakes and several small ponds under an acre in size. About 40% of the lakes in the Henry Fork Drainage have substantial fish populations. About a third of the fishing lakes in the drainage experience fairly high fishing pressure. If you’re looking for more solitude, fish some of the more remote lakes in the basin. Cutthroats are the most popular trout species in Henrys Fork waters, but anglers also report catching brook trout. Many of the lakes in this drainage receive periodic aerial stockings of trout fingerlings.

The drainage is accessible from Mountain View or Lonetree, Wyoming via well-maintained Forest Service roads. The Henry Fork Trail provides access to most of the lakes in the backcountry. This trail begins at the Henry Fork Trailhead and runs south over Gunsight Pass into the Uinta River Drainage. Smiths Fork Drainage to the west and Beaver Creek Drainage to the east also provide access Henrys Fork Drainage via the interbasin Highline Trail. The interbasin Highline Trail (“Basin Trail”) provides access to many of the good fishing lakes along the western end of the Henrys Fork Drainage.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Alligator, G-3814.526TroutHigh
Bear, G-716.937Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Blanchard, G-331.329Cutthroat troutModerate
Castle, G-1111.510Brook trout (stocked)Low
Cliff, G-533.169Cutthroat trout (stocked), Tiger troutLow
Dollar, G-29.718Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
G-105.412Brook troutLow
G-392.67Brook troutLow
G-424.62Brook and cutthroat troutLow
G-441.57Cutthroat troutLow
G-622.27Brook troutLow
G-1007.913Brook troutLow
Grass, G-85.54Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Henrys Fork, G-119.719Cutthroat troutModerate
Island, G-910.45Brook trout (stocked)Low
Little Blanchard, G-43.68Cutthroat troutLow
Sawmill, G-67.221Brook and cutthroat troutHigh

The Provo River Drainage along the western end of the Uinta Mountain Range is characterized by wide drainage basins, dome-like mountain peaks and timbered ridges. There about 80 lakes and 150 smaller (2 acre) ponds located in the drainage. About 70% of the lakes in the Provo River Drainage offer productive fishing. The majority of lakes are located north west of Mirror Lake Highway (U-150) beginning near the city of Kamas, Utah.

Most fishing in the Provo Drainage occurs along the Mirror Lake Highway corridor. Trail, Lily and Lost lakes are three of the most popular camping lakes and have heavy fishing pressure. Lakes along the popular Lakes Country Trail also experience high fishing pressures. For solitude you’re required to fish the remote lake basins an backcountry waters away from high traffic roads and trails.

The Crystal Lake Trailhead provides the main access to the most of the fishable backcountry lakes in the basin. Other access trails within the vecinity include Lake Country Trail, Notch Mountain Loop Trail, and Watson-Clyde Trail. The Watson-Clyde Trail is a bit challenging to locate and navigate. It begins at the northwestern end of Uppler Lily Lake near the Crystal Lake Trailhead. Other important access points for the Provo River Drainage include the Upper Setting and Bald Mountain trailheads which provide access to the Weber Basin lakes.

Together Mirror Lake Highway (U-150) and Forest Service Roads including Norway Flats Road, Spring Caynon Road, and Upper Setting Road provide access to the majority of the Provo River Drainage. Several (20) of the lakes in the drainage are directly accessible by vehicle and many more are accessible within a short walking distance from the road.

Brook trout are by far the most abundant gamefish in the Provo River Drainage and are found in most of the fishable lakes. Stocked cutthroats are also found throughout the drainage. A few of the more popular lakes adjacent to Mirror Lake Highway are stocked with rainbow trout. If you’re interested in Arctic grayling, fish Weir and Marjories lakes.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Alexander, A-12328Brook trout (stocked)High
Azure, A-11923Arctic graylingLow
Beaver, A-173.515Brook trout (stocked)Low
Beth, A-65.410Brook troutHigh
Big Elk, A-183085Brook and tiger troutHigh
Blue, A-5826Brook trout (stocked)High
Booker, A-354.18Brook troutHigh
Brook, A-201.16Brook troutModerate
Buckeye, A-358Brook trout (stocked)High
Clegg, A-475.112Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Cliff, A-34920Cutthroat and tiger troutHigh
Clyde, A-281621Brook troutHigh
Crystal, A-519.87Brook trout (stocked)High
Cutthroat (Clint), A-40310Brook and tiger troutLow
Diamond, A-2237Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Divide, #1, A-363.55Brook troutHigh
Duck, A-712.715Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Fire, A-14959Cutthroat troutModerate
Haystack, A-91729Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Hidden, A-158.225Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Hope, A-5425Brook troutLow
Hourglass, A-485.72Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Island, A-572840Brook, cutthroat and tiger troutHigh
Jacks, A-131.223Brook troutModerate
James, A-312.18Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
John, A-30410Brook troutModerate
Junior, A-562.811Cutthroat and tiger troutLow
Lambert A-228Brook trout (stocked)Low
Lillian, A4328Brook troutLow
Lilly, A-584.113Rainbow troutModerate
Lily, Lower, A-253.216Brook troutHigh
Little Elk, A-1913.231Cutthroat troutModerate
Long Pond, A-6225Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Long, A-373526Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Lost, A-596222Rainbow trout (stocked)Moderate
Marjorie, A-121316Arctic graylingHigh
Petit (Junior #5), A-2623Brook troutModerate
Pot, A-8428Brook trout (stocked)High
Ramona, A-384.721Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Rock, A-10814Tiger troutModerate
Shadow, A-521420Brook troutHigh
Shingle Creek, East, A-39744Brook and tiger troutHigh
Shingle Creek, Lower, P-62414Brook troutModerate
Shingle Creek, West, P-60512Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Spectacle (Hourglass), A-449.317Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Star, A-421635Brook and tiger troutHigh
Tail, A-539.813Brook, cutthroat and rainbow troutHigh
Teapot, A-601346Rainbow and brook troutHigh
Trial, A-619868Rainbow and brook troutHigh
Trident, A-4145Brook troutHigh
Twin, Lower, A-33314Brook troutHigh
Twin, Upper, A-32913Brook and tiger troutHigh
Wall, A-298097Brook and tiger troutHigh
Washington, A-2310670Rainbow, cutthroat and brook troutHigh
Watson, A-27610Brook troutModerate
Weir, A-50713Cutthroat and arctic graylingModerate

Rock Creek is one of the larger drainages in the Uinta Mountains. It is composed of several smaller drainage systems including the Squaw Basin, Central Basin, and Grandaddy Basin.

The major rivers in the Squaw Basin are the Squaw Basin Creek and East Fork of Rock Creek. The Central Basin is drained by Mainstream Rock Creek and Fall Creek. Rivers in the more popular Grandaddy Basin include Fish Creek and the West Fork of Rock Creek. A small forth basin, due south of Grandaddy Mountain, is drained by the South Fork of Rock Creek.

There are over 120 lakes and ponds located within the Rock Creek Drainage. Good fishing and panoramic views of rolling tundra and scenic timber landscapes draw anglers, hikers and adventure seekers to the drainage. Angling pressure in the Rock Creek Drainage is light to moderate at most fishable lakes.

Visitors can access the Rock Creek Drainage at the trailhead of Upper Stillwater. A main trail runs along Rock Creek up the central drainage basin. Trails split off the main trail following (1) the West Fork of Rock Creek and Fish Creek to Grandaddy Basin, (2) the East Fork of Rock Creek and Squaw Basin Creek to Squaw Basin and Rudolph Lake, and (3) Fall Creek to the eastern region of central basin. Grandaddy Basin can also be accessed from the Grandview transfer in Hades Canyon.

Fishing pressure and recreational activity is high in the Grandaddy Basin, Squaw Basin and Black Lake areas—with recreational use highest in the Grandaddy Basin. Lakes in the Rock Creek Drainage are home to populations of reproducing and stocked cutthroat and brook trout.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Allen, Z-4415.216Brook trout (natural reproducing), Arctic graylingLow
Amlen, X-997.39Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Anderson, X-1175.812Brook trout (natural reproducing), cutthroat troutHigh
Arta, RC-235.46Cutthroat troutLow
Audrey, RC-4513.225Brook trout (stocked)Low
Bedground, Z-46215Brook trout (stocked), Arctic graylingModerate
Betsey, X-733.844Cutthroat and brook troutHigh
Black, X-13211.814Brook trout (stocked) and cutthroatHigh
Boot, X-1249.117Cutthroat troutLow
Brinkley, RC-44.218Brook troutHigh
Cabin, RC-424.316Brook trout (stocked)Low
Continent, X-12127.423Cutthroat and brook troutModerate
Dale, Z-3912.925Brook trout (stocked)High
Daynes, Z-3823.221Brook trout (stocked) and arctic grayling
Dean, Z-402444Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Diamond, X-431345Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
DOC'S, X-1514.545Brook trout (stocked)Low
Doug, X-12318Cutthroat (natural reproducing)Low
Fern, X-519.319Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Fish Hatchery, X-637.228Brook troutHigh
Gibby, RC-301.925Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Gladys, X-1287.56Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Governor Dern, Z-24329Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Grandaddy, X-917340Brook and cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)High
Heart, X-135.719Cutthroat trout (stocked)High
Helen, X-1268.414Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Horseshoe, RC-382.920Brook trout (stocked)Low
Huntley, RC-31.29Brook trout (naturally reproducting)Low
Jack, X-1332.714Cutthroat and brook troutModerate
Jean, Z-4123.223Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Jill, X-1113.625Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Ledge, X-1133.113Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Lightning, X-12714.123Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Lily Pad, X-29.514Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Lodgepole, X-320.429Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Lost, Z-291415Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Margie, X-1297.511Brook trout (stocked)Low
Margo, Z-2311.129Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
MID, X-425.13Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Mohawk, X-1050.823Brook trout (naturally reproducting)High
Ouray, X-11246Cutthroat and brook troutModerate
Palisade, Z-2822.745Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Phinney, X-11913.630Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Pine Island, X-879.644Brook trout (stocked)High
Pinto, X-2246.636Brook trout (stocked)High
Powell, Z-3022.415Cutthroat trout (stocked)Moderate
Rainbow, Z-2517.915Brook trout (stocked)High
Reconnaissance, X-1258.830Brook and cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Low
Rock1, X-964.819Brook troutLow
Rock 2, X-977.717Brook trout (stocked)Low
Rosalie, X-1308.18Brook trout (stocked)Low
Rudolph 1, X-3925.646Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Rudolph 2, X-402.99Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Rudolph 3, X-412.414.5Brook troutLow
Sea Lion, RC-117.911Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
Shadow, X-17.222Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Shamrock, X-9818.233Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Squaw, X-9510.49Brook trout (stocked)High
Survey, RC-20612Brook trout (stocked)Low
Thompson, RC-821.226Brook trout (stocked)Low
Uintah, X-1318.414Brook trout (stocked)Low
Youg, X-100419Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low

Sheep Creek and Carter Creek drainages are located on the north slope of the Uinta Mountain Range. These two drainages are often referred to as the Sheep/Carter Creek Drainage since they geographically are just one drainage system.

The Sheep/Carter Creek Drainage has over 60 lakes. Four of the more popular fishing lakes, Sheep Creek Lake, Browne Lake, Long Park Reservoir, and Spirit lake can be accessed by vehicle. About half of the lakes in the Sheep/Carter Creek Drainage provide abundant trout populations. In additional to 60 larger lakes, the drainage also supports nearly 300 smaller ponds and waterways.

There are a few access points to The Sheep/Carter Creek Drainage. A well-maintained dirt road accessible from Utah SR 44 provides direct access to trail heads at Browne Lake and Spirit Lake. The trail heads at Browne Lake in turn provide access to lakes in the Teepee Lakes area, Weyman Lakes Basin, and Lamb Lakes Basin. The trail heads originating at Spirit Lake lead to Daggett Lake, Weyman Lakes Basin, the Jesson/Tamarack lakes area, as well as several lakes at the eastern end of the Burnt Fork Drainage.
Lakes with the highest fishing pressure include Daggett Lake, the Jesson/Tamarack Lakes, and Teepee Lakes. These lakes are also the most accessible. Fishing pressure to Weyman Lakes Basin is moderate, and you’ll find the lowest fishing pressure in the Lamb Lakes Basin. Lakes locate further from trailheads typically receive the least amount of fishing pressure.

Brook trout are the most abundant game fish found in the lakes within the Sheep/Carter Creek Drainage. Cutthroat are present but in fewer numbers than Brook trout. A few lakes contain rainbow trout and graylings.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Anson, Lower GR-914.520Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Anson, Upper, GR-107.758Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
Bummer, GR-221.96Brook trout, Arctic graylingLow
Clear, GR-1210.225Cutthroat trout, Tiger troutLow
Columbine, GR-1165.75Brook trout (stocked), Tiger troutLow
Daggett, GR-642.629Rainbow trout (stocked), Tiger troutHigh
EWE, GR-18310Arctic graylingLow
Gail, GR-1154.525Cutthroat troutLow
GR-112.68Brook trout (stocked)Low
GR-139.2UnknownBrook trout (stocked)Low
GR-205.78Brook trout (stocked)Low
GR-213.77Brook trout (stocked)Low
GR-3166Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Low
GR-1044.319TroutLow
Hidden, GR-78.526Brook (stocked) and cutthroat troutLow
Hidden, GR-1124.38Brook and cutthroat troutLow
Jesson, GR-125.556Brook (stocked) and cutthroat trout, Tiger troutHigh
Judy, GR-254.724Brook trout (stocked), Tiger troutLow
Lamb, GR-19610Arctic grayling, Tiger TroutLow
Lost, GR-43.27Cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Low
Lost, GR-101 (Mystery)10.225Brook (stocked) and cutthroat troutModerate
Mutton, GR-233.810Brook trout (stocked)Low
One Fish, GR-324.535Brook trout (stocked), Arctic graylingLow
Penguin, GR-162.120Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Potter, Lower, GR-273.416Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Potter, Upper, GR-2721.375Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Low
RAM, GR-24727Cutthroat troutLow
RED, GR-3320.957Brook trout (stocked), Tiger troutLow
Sesame, GR-1567Brook trout (stocked), Arctic graylingLow
Summit, GR-59.97Arctic graylingLow
Tamarack, GR-279.190Brook trout and cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing), Tiger TroutHigh
Teepee, Lower, GR-284.328Brook trout (stocked)High
Teepee, Upper, GR-306.528Cutthroat, Tiger troutModerate

The Burnt Fork Drainage is located south of Hoop Lake directly west of the Sheep/Carter Creek Drainage in the northern Uintas. This is a relatively small drainage with only 15 sizable lakes and 100 smaller ponds under 2 acres in size. All but a few of the lakes support trout populations.

There is a dirt road from Lonetree, Wyoming that provides direct access to the Burnt Fork drainage. The road runs south to Hoop Lake which is the main access point for the drainage. The Burnt Fork drainage can also be access on its east end from Spirit Lake (in the Sheep/Carter drainage). The most popular lakes in the drainage are found in the Kabell Lake and Island Lakes region. The Island Lakes region also provides access to the Upper Uinta drainage by way of a pass over the Uinta divide.

The most abundant fish species in the Burnt Fork drainage is cutthroat trout. Many of the lakes also contain brook trout. Over half of the lakes contain both species.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Bennion, Lower, GR-1347.713Brook and cutthroat troutLow
Bennion, Upper, GR-13523Brook and cutthroat troutLow
Boxer, GR-126611Cutthroat troutModerate
Burnt Fork, GR-1279.825Cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Crystal, GR-1285.45Cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing) and brook troutLow
Fish, GR-12538.323Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Island, GR-132117.834Cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing) and brook troutHigh
Kabell, GR-14014.723Cutthroat trout (stocked)Moderate
Round, GR-13124.338Cutthroat trout (stocked)Moderate
Snow, GR-1309.435Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
Whitewall, GR-13314.53Brook and cutthroat troutLow

The Smith Fork Drainage is situated near the center of the Uinta Mountains Range. It is characterized by narrow river valleys, sloping timbered plateaus and glacial cirques. Many visitors comment that it is one of the most beautiful of all basins within the Uintas.

The Smith Fork Drainage comprises two smaller drainages: West Fork Drainage and East Fork Drainage. The East Fork Drainage contains the majority of fishable lakes and waterways. In total, there are over 60 lakes, reservoirs and ponds in the East Fork Drainage alone. Many of these lakes contain fishable trout populations.

The most common gamefish found in the lakes and ponds of the Smiths Fork Drainage are brook and cutthroat trout. Many trout populations are naturally reproducing. Lakes with few natural trout populations receive periodic aerial stockings of fingerlings. Rainbow trout and graylings are also stocked in several of the lakes including Lower Red Castle, China and the more popular Bridger and Marsh Lakes.

Smiths Fork Drainage is accessible from Highway 410 and China Meadows Forest Service Road. It is also accessible from the North Slope Road east of Highway U-150. A few of the fishable lakes in the region are accessible by vehicle, but most are only accessible by trail.

Trails providing access to the wilderness areas of the drainage include (1) East Fork Smiths Fork Trail and (2) the West Fork Smiths Fork Trail. The East Fork Smiths Fork Trail is accessed at the China Meadows Trailhead. The West Fork Smiths Fork Trail is accessed at where the Mansfield Meadows Road ends. From the Black Fork Drainage, the Smith Fork Drainage can be accessed at the Cache Trailhead or from the Yellowstone Drainage at the Bald Mountain Smiths Fork Pass Trail. The lower portion of the drainage can be access via the interbais Highlinee Trail, Sargent Lae Trail and Big Meadows Trail.

Most of the fishable lakes and ponds in the Smith Fork Drainage receive light to moderate fishing pressure. Heaviest fishing pressure occurs at lakes that are most accessible including Marsh Lake, Bridger Lake and China Meadows Lake. You’ll find moderate fishing pressure at Red Castle, Lower Red Castle, and Hessie Lakes.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Bald, G-636.423Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Low
Bridger, G-202115Rainbow and brook trout (stocked)High
China, G-2131.245Brook trout, cutthroat trout, arctic graylingModerate
G-137.917Brook trout (stocked)Low
G-3416Brook and rainbow troutModerate
G-364.711TroutLow
G-453.112Brook trout (stocked)Low
G-493.911Brook, cutthroat and rainbow troutLow
G-503.75Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
G-518.15Brook troutLow
G-522.64Cutthroat (stocked)Low
G-535.517Cutthroat and brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
G-561.512Brook troutLow
G-581.35CutthroatLow
G-593.224Brook trout (stocked)Low
G-602.59Brook trout, Tiger troutModerate
G-613.16Brook troutLow
G-643.45Cutthroat trout (stocked), Tiger troutLow
Grahams, G-3218.525UnknownUnknown
Hessie, G-1813.218Cutthroat trout (stocked), Tiger troutModerate
Marsh, G-1933.635Brook and rainbow trout (stocked)High
Red Castle, G-15168.2103Cutthroat trout (stocked), Tiger troutHigh
Red Castle, East, G-1721.158Cutthroat trout, Tiger troutModerate
Red Castle, Lower, G-124528Brook troutModerate
Red Castle, Upper, G-1625.672Cutthroat (stocked), Tiger troutModerate
Sargent, G-358.322TroutLow
Smiths Fork Pass, G-1426.117Cutthroat trout, Tiger troutLow

The Weber River Drainage is located at the western end of the Uinta Mountain Range. There are roughly 60 lakes and 100 smaller ponds in the drainage. The area is characterized by timbered slopes and talus ridges.

The easiest way to access the Weber River Drainage is off Hwy 213 just east of the city of Oakley or Hwy U-150 just east of Kamas. Access points along Hwy 213 include the Erickson Basin Trailhead located near the Ledgefork Campground. There are also a couple good trails into the drainage that can be accessed along the Forest Service right-of-way road at Holiday Park. Much of the area around Holiday Park is privately own, so be curteous to property owners.

Some of the best access points to fishable lakes in the Weber River Drainage are accessed via the Upper Setting, Bald Mountain, Crystal Lake, and Weber River trailheads along U-150. These trails drop over the top into the drainage.

There are several lakes in the Weber River Drainage that are more remote and inaccessible. These lakes can be accessed via the Lofty Lake Loop Trail, Notch Mountain Loop Trail, Yellowpine Trail, and Smith-Morehouse Trail. When exploring the backcountry lakes in the Weber River Drainage makes sure to accurately map your course before arriving.

About sixty percent of the lakes in the Weber River Drainage have fishable populations of trout. Brook trout are the most likely catch, but cutthroat are also present. Fishing pressure for the lakes and ponds in the Weber Basin is light to moderate.

The best trout fishing lakes—and those with the heaviest fishing pressure—include Cuberant #4, Abes, Fish, Erickson, Dean, North, Round, Notch, Yellowpine, and Sand Lakes. If you’re seeking solitude, fish elsewhere. If you want to try your hand at catching some Arctic grayling, fish Round and Sandy Lakes. You’ll also find good trout fishing in some of the more remote streams throughout the drainage.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Abes, W-3021.662Cutthroat troutHigh
Adax, W-34510Cutthroat troutLow
Anchor, W-291350Brook troutModerate
Arrowhead, W-682.126Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Carol, W-51325Brook trout (stocked)Low
Castle, W-671030Tiger troutModerate
Cuberant #1, W423.518Brook troutModerate
Cuberant #2, W433.26Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Cuberant #3, W443.524Brook troutModerate
Cuberant #4, W452225Tiger troutModerate
Cuberant #5, W46515UnknownLow
Dean, W-351216Brook trout, Arctic graylingHigh
Divide #2, W-203.510TroutLow
Elkhorn, W-641.510Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Erickson, South, W-251012Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Erickson, North, W-26912Brook trout (stocked)High
Fish, W-474638Arctic grayling, brook troutHigh
Fran, W-3938Brook troutModerate
Ibantik, W-2410.228Brook trout (naturally reproducing)High
Jean, W-58325Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
Jerry, W-283.216Brook trout (stocked)Low
Kamas, W-4017.142Tiger troutModerate
Little Hidden, W-21828Brook troutModerate
Lofty, W41420Tiger troutModerate
Lovenia, W-232.511Brook troutHigh
Meadow, W-272946Cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing), Tiger troutHigh
Neil, W-311.120Brook troutLow
Notch, W-3620.257Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Olsen, W-32713Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Peter, W-22313UnknownLow
Reids, W-3838Brook troutLow
Rhoads, W-337.532Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Round, W-48536Cutthroat trout, Arctic graylingModerate
Sand, W-4919.341Arctic graylingLow
W-16UnknownUnknownBrook trout (stocked)Low
W-523.625Brook troutModerate
W-532.29Brook trout (stocked)Low
W-5738Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
W-59410Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
W-622.118Brook trout (stocked)Low
Yellowpine, Lower, W-6627Brook trout (stocked)High
Yellowpine, Upper, W-65312Brook trout (stocked)High

The Whiterocks Drainge is one of the largest basins in the Uinta Mountains. Of its 80 lakes and ponds, over half support abundant populations of brook and cutthroat trout. Fishing pressure varies throughout the basin. A few lakes are regularly fished by anglers, while others may remain untouched for several seasons.

Whiterocks Drainage is divided into two sub-drainages: the East Fork and West Fork. The West Fork Lakes region begins with Pole Creek Lake which is located 15 miles north of Whiterocks via a dirt road. The East Fork Lakes region begins at Paradise Park Reservoir which lies 20 miles north of LaPoint—and is also accessed by dirt road. Both Whiterocks and LaPoint can be reached by taking oiled road which runs north and east of Roosevelt, UT.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Chepeta, WR-645060Brook (stocked) and cutthroat troutHigh
Cleveland, WR-7266Brook (stocked) and cutthroat troutHigh
Cliff, WR-494055Brook (stocked) and cutthroat troutModerate
Dollar, WR-43715Brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout, Tiger troutModerate
Elbow, WR-582517Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Figure-eight WR-5635Cutthroat troutLow
Hidden, WR-631227Brook troutModerate
Larvae, WR-12428Brook troutHigh
Lower Rock, WR-171239Cutthroat trout, Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Middle Rock, WR-16610Brook and cutthroat troutLow
Mocassin, WR-531127Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Ogden, WR-51421Cutthroat and brook troutLow
Papoose, WR-52822Cutthroat and brook troutModerate
Paradise Park Reservoir, WR-1813736Rainbow trout (stocked)High
Pearl, WR-452.515Brook trout (stocked)Low
Point (Adams) WR-61621Brook trout (stocked)Low
Pole Creek Lake, WR-13510Tiger trout, rainbow troutHigh
Queant, WR-45744Brook trout (stocked)High
Rassmussen #1, WR-35195Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Rassmussen #2, WR-36148Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
RC #1, WR-21016Brook and cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
Reader, WR-661010Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Sand, WR-4265Brook and cutthroat troutLow
Sharlee, WR-57104Brook and cutthroat troutLow
Taylor, WR-82553Brook trout (stocked)Low
Teds, WR-441420Brook trout (stocked)High
Upper Rock, WR-141528Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
Walk-up, WR-551360Brook troutLow
Watkins, WR-481836Brook troutLow
Whiterocks Reservoir Lake, WR-463542Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Wigwam, WR-54414Brook and cutthroat trout (stocked)Moderate
Wooley, WR-401842Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Workman, WR-502014Brook trout and cutthroatModerate
WR-9312Brook troutLow
WR-191018Cutthroat troutLow
WR-34920Brook troutLow
WR-37313Cutthroat and brook troutModerate
WR-65 (Hell Hole)86Brook troutModerate
WR-67 (Horseshoe)1214Cutthroat troutLow
WR-738UnknownBrook troutLow
WR-74414Brook troutLow
WR-7538Brook troutLow
WR-7687Brook troutUnknown
WR-77415Brook troutLow

The Yellowstone River Drainage is centrally located within the Uinta Mountains. The majority of the drainage’s lakes and ponds are located long its west end. There are few fishable lakes along the east end. The drainage is sub-divided into three basins. These include the Garfield, Swasey Hole, and Tungsten Lake group basins.

The yellowstone river flows through the glacial formed valleys while most of the drainage’s lakes are located on the surrounding high mountain plateus. Like most of the drainages, the terrain in the Yellostone River Drainage is steep and rocky.

There are two routes into the Yellowstone River Drainage. These include (1) the Swift Creek trailhead at Swift Creek Campground and (2) the Hell’s Canyon trailhead at the bottom of Long Park. The Swift Creek trailhead is located about 4 miles north of the U.S. Forest Service Guard Station on Yellowstone River Road. The Hell’s Canyon trailhead is 7 miles up Hell’s Canyon Road from the junction between Hell’s Canyon Road and Yellowstone River Road. Both trails are well-maintained for foot and horse access.

Five Point Reservoir, Swasey Lake, Gem Lake, X-59 Lake and Spider Lake receive the most fishing pressure. The remaining lakes scattered throughout the drainage are much more inaccessible and receive little foot traffic or fishing pressure.

There are about 20 lakes in the Yellowstone River Drainage that are stocked periodically with Brook and Cutthroat trout. If you’re lucky you may also hook a rainbow or two. Naturally reproducing populations of brook trouts are found in several lakes including Doll, Bluebell, and Y-31 lakes. You’ll also find brookies and cutthroats throughout the drainage’s streams.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Bluebell, X-1038.332Brook and cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Doll, Y-1642.547Brook troutLow
Drift Reservoir, Y-4114.8UnknownBrook troutLow
Five Point Reservoir, X-1068221Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
Gem, Y-3411.115Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Kings, Y-2210UnknownCutthroat troutLow
Little Superior, X-10413.924Brook troutLow
Milk, Y-2517.520Brook troutLow
North Star, X-1081415Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Spider, X-1092031Brook and cutthroat troutHigh
Superior, X-1033626Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Swasey, X-583630Brook and cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)High
Tungsten, X-1071313Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
X-578.830Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Low
X-594.513Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
X-60830Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
X-1058.114Cutthroat troutLow
Y-21.820Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Low
Y-45.812Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Low
Y-51.86Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Low
Y-196.215Brook troutLow
Y-20520Arctic graylingLow
Y-314.67Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Y-361415Brook troutLow
Y-371312Brook troutLow

The Lake Fork Drainage is located on the south slope of the Uinta Mountain Range. It is subdivided into three tributaries: Lake Fork, Brown Duck, and Fish. All three of these tributaries flow into Moon Lake.

The main access to Lake Fork Drainage starts 15 miles north of Mountain Home, Utah at Moon Lake. The two major routes into the drainage are Brown Duck and Lake Fork trails. Brown Duck Trail runs 7 miles from Moon Lake into Brown Duck Basin. From there is splits into two trails that lead to Rock Creek Drainage (to the west) and north to Clements Reservoir and East Basin. The Lake Fork Trail runs north from Moon Lake along the main creek until it reaches Ottoson Basin, the Oweep Creek area, and Lambert Meadows. Both the Brown Duck and Lake Fork trails are well maintained.

Lake Fork Drainage has over 90 ponds and lakes—mostly located on the the thick timbered plateaus along the west end. Several of the lakes are over 20 miles from the drainage’s main access point at Moon Lake. Lake Fork drainage is also home to Crater Lake, the deepest natural lake in the Uintas.

Some of most popular fishing destinations for anglers include Brown Duck Basin, the Clements Reservoir area and the Atwine Lakes area. Each of these destinations is within 7-11 miles of the main trailhead at Moon Lake. Fishing pressure is at its highest over the July 4th, 24th of July and Labor Day holidays. If you want solitude, peace, or quite, avoid these dates. All other lakes and basins receive low to moderate fishing pressure.

Roughly half of the lakes in the drainage provide abundant fish populations and fishing opportunities. The main game fish include brook and cutthroat trout, with a few rainbows and Arctic graylings mixed in. The most abundant trout populations are found in Crater, Atwine, and Porcupines lakes. Most of the larger streams provide excellent fly fishing for brook and cutthroat trout.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Ameba, X-904.64Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
Aspen, X-63826Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Atwine, X-643235Brook trout (natural reproducing)Moderate
Big Dog, X-32612Arctic graylingLow
Brown Duck, X-3130.712Cutthroat trout (natural and stocked)High
Clements, X-7479.250Cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Crater, X-9428147Brook troutLow
East Slide, LF-445UnknownBrook trout (stocked)Low
Gates, LF-345.420Brook troutLow
Hook, X-812119Brook trout (stocked)Low
Island, X-346648Cutthroat trout, Tiger troutHigh
Kidney, X-35190112Cuthroat and brook troutModerate
Lambert, LF-216.615Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
LF-8717UnknownLow
LF-1636Brook trout (stocked)Low
LF-3516Brook trout (natural reproducing)Low
LF-371.93Brook trout (stocked)Low
LF-431.44Brook troutLow
Lilly Pad, X-371.48Brook and cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
Linda, LF-363.85Brook troutLow
Little Dog, X-334.517Brook trout (stocked)Low
Moon Lake49.8n/aBrook trout, Mountain whitefish, Rainbow trout, Splake, Cutthroat trout, Kokanee salmon, Tiger trout, Arctic graylingHigh
Mud, X-662.55Brook trout (stocked)Low
Oweep, LF-306.416Brook troutLow
Ottoson, Lower, X-889.18Cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Low
Ottoson, Upper, X-8712.430Cuthroat troutLow
Picture, X-822013Rainbow troutLow
Porcupine, LF-2212.814Brook trout (naturally reproducing)Low
Stewart, X-799.222Brook trout (stocked)Low
Toquer, LF-2511.132Brook and cutthroat troutLow
Twin, X-7712.915Brook trout (stocked)Low
Tworoose, X-3621.937Cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Moderate
X-615.210Cutthroat troutLow
X-62610Cutthroat troutLow
X-754.46Cutthroat troutLow
X-781718Cutthroat troutLow
X-804.65Brook and cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)Low
X-844.618Brook trout (stocked)Low
X-854.714Brook troutLow
X-866.912Brook trout (stocked)Low
X-893.4UnknownUnknownLow

Compared to other drainages in the Uinta Mountains, Swift Creek Drainage is small and steep-sided. It is characterized by a rapidly flowing stream through its center and lakes that sit high above on timbered plateaus. It has 17 large lakes and several smaller ponds. Most of the fishable lakes are located in the Timothy Lakes Basin and Farmers Lake area.

Access to Swift Creek Drainage begins at the Swift Creek Campground about 15 miles north of Mountain Home, Utah. The main trail into the drainage is well maintained, but steep and rocky. Fishing pressure is highest at Deer, White Miller, and East Timothy. Camping is best at White Miller, Lily, East Timothy, X-30 and Center Timothy. If you’re traveling by horse, you’ll find the best horse feed at White Miller, X-25, X-24 and East Timothy.

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Lake nameSize (acres)Max depth (ft)Fish speciesFishing pressure
Carrol, East, X-211019Cutthroat troutModerate
Carrol, Lower, X-1797Brook troutModerate
Carrol, Upper, X-183548Brook troutModerate
Deer, X-55124Brook and cutthroat trout (naturally reproducing)High
Farmers, X-236324Brook trout (stocked)Moderate
Grayling, X-568.533Brook troutHigh
Lily, S-152039Brook trout (stocked)High
Timothy, Center, X-201018Brook trout (naturally reproducing)High
Timothy, East, X-164035Cutthroat troutHigh
Timothy, West, X-194545Brook troutModerate
Twin, X-491415Cutthroat troutModerate
White Miller, X-541118Brook trout (stocked)High
X-2298Brook and cutthroat troutModerate
X-2421.430Cutthroat trout (stocked)Low
X-2515.927Cutthroat troutModerate
X-267.723Brook troutLow
X5158Cutthroat troutLow
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