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Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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Dam dimensions
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Flaming Gorge Dam from the air
Crest Elevation 6047 ft (1843 m)
Structural height 502 ft (153 m)
Hydraulic height 448 ft (137 m)
Crest length 1,180 ft (360 m)
Crest width 27 ft (8.2 m)
Base width 131 ft (40 m)
Volume of concrete 986,600 yd³ (754,000 m³)

Flaming Gorge Reservoir lies 43 miles (69 km) North of Vernal, Utah on the Green River (Utah). Construction on the Flaming Gorge Dam began in 1958 and was completed in 1964. The Reservoir stores 3,788,900 acre.ft (4.67 km³) of water when measured at an elevation of 6040 feet (1,840 m) above sea-level (maximum). The lake straddles the Utah-Wyoming border.

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Geology

Foundation: Steep-sided narrow canyon composed of siliceous sandstone and hard quartzites inter-bedded with softer shales, siltstones, and argillates

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Flaming Gorge

Recreation

Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, waterbiking, windsurfing, and camping within Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area. Available fish species include rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, and smallmouth bass. The Green River runs smooth and cool below the dam, offering easy rafting or canoeing. The NRA is run by the U.S. Forest Service Ashley Forest Service.

Access

Flaming Gorge can be reached year-round. From Vernal, Utah, take U.S. Highway 191 north for 43 miles (69 km). From Rock Springs, Wyoming, take I-80 east to Highway 191 south for 63 miles (101 km).

External links

www.utah.com

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Tributaries
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Major reservoirs
Fontenelle Reservoir | Flaming Gorge Reservoir | Taylor Park Reservoir | | Navajo Reservoir | Lake Powell | Lake Mead | Lake Havasu
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