Dripping Springs NF CG
We were excited to get on our way and finally check out Flaming Gorge Reservoir. My brother has fished here before and we wanted to check it out, both in the lake and the Green River which flows into it. It was a cold but sunny day and the drive got prettier the closer we got.
Driving up Rt 191 with its ever changing views.
Red Fleet Reservoir.
As you get to the summit you will be above 8400 feet. There is still quite a bit of snow up here.
The Cart Creek Bridge.
Crossing over the dam at Flaming Gorge.
I'm surprised you're still allowed to drive over this dam. It seems nowadays there are usually bypasses or bridges so that you can't drive over the dam itself. If you look at the above picture after the curve you will see that that part of the roadway is built on stilts hanging over the edge.
Right now we are driving over the stilt section. Kind of an eerie feeling.
The area that once was dotted with pines and junipers is now covered with grasses but very few trees.
Its a small campground, just the size we like, but has several sites that will fit a larger rig. It is paved, has water spigots throughout, bathrooms, gazebos, tables and firepits. There is no dump station in the campground but there is one in the tiny nearby town of Dutch John. The water was still off due to freezing temps.
Jim & Barb had told us about. It's several miles down a dirt road, right on the lake near an inlet. We needed to check out the road as the next few days called for possible rain and snow.
Several nice spots like this facing the lake (above) and the one (below) facing the inlet. You do need to be careful to stay out of the deep sand. The forecast didn't look good though so we decided not to chance it and stayed in Dripping Springs campground.
On the way back out we came upon a good sized herd of Pronghorn. They just looked at us then ran across the road in front of us. It took Hurley a while to see them.
Once he noticed them he wanted to go play too. You'll hear him at the end.
And plenty of deer around.
Back to camp to have dinner and watch a little TV.
Today we took the road a short ways past the campground to the Fishing Access Area on the Green River to look around. Above you can see one of the drift boats in the distance from the Little Hole Overlook.
We popped into town for propane and had to take a picture of the Worlds Large Fishing Fly out front. There is a private campground here that is also popular with the anglers and hunters.
The dam is 455 feet above the river and extends 47 feet below.
More beautiful views along the way, especially up on the plateau overlooking the valley below.
We spent some time at the library in Rock Springs and took care of what we needed to and headed back. It's a very large town and has anything that you could need.
Spotted some Elk on the way back.
As much as the skies threatened to rain and snow, they didn't. As the sun went down though, those clouds made for one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen.
The horizon just glowed pink and orange.
It rained and snowed our last couple of days so once again, no fishing. But we enjoyed our quiet time. We have another shot at the Green River up in Wyoming on some gold medal water at a spot our friend Skip told us about. It's a highlight of this year we've been looking forward to.
We'll see if the weather cooperates!