Flaming Gorge High 82 Low 62
Flaming Gorge Dam is 502 feet high and 1,285 feet long. The spillway consists of a 675-foot long tunnel that runs through the left abutment of the dam. Two 16.75-by-34-foot gates at the tunnel entrance will pass up to 28,800 cubic feet per second of floodwater.
These pictures do not show the force of the water being let through the dam. It was incredible.
Just below the dam is where the rafters and drift boats put in. There is a Park Ranger (or two) stationed here to keep traffic flowing. It wasn’t real busy when we were there but they do not let you park and walk over to the water. It is kept open for the lines of boats needing to be launched.
One of the pull out points on the Green River is at Little Hole. Just driving around the backroads, the scenery is amazing. We decided to follow the signs to Little Hole and check it out.
This area was devastated by a wildfire in 2002. A car crossing a cattle guard, had a blow out and a spark from that started this fire. It burned almost 20,000 acres and took 17 days to control.
We saw these pronghorns very much alive in this fire stricken land.
There is a scenic overlook just before you get to Little Hole. I run out of words describing how beautiful this land of ours is.
Can you see the overlook we stopped at?
There are three boat ramps at Little Hole to handle all of the rafts and drift boats that come down the river from the dam.
Another one of those hidden gems off the beaten track.
If you plan on coming to the Gorge to enjoy this outdoor wonderland, I would highly recommend you sign up for either a fishing expedition or a rafting tour. I wish we would have.