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The public is invited to attend the unveiling of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s newest dinosaur and community picnic celebrating 15 years of the Monument’s “Learning from the Land.” The event will take place on Saturday, September 17th at Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab, UT, from 12-2 p.m.

Do you love hiking with your best friend? Bring your furry friend to Dead Horse Point State Park and explore nine miles of scenic vistas along the dog-friendly trails.

The event will happen at the Orem overlook on Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The overlook is along Squaw Peak Trail Road, just east of Orem.

Drew Cushing, sport fisheries coordinator for the DWR, says the agency will no longer manage fish that are placed illegally in a body of water. "Two tools we have to fight illegal fish stocking are no limit and catch-and-kill regulations," he says. "We want illegally introduced fish removed as quick as possible."

In May 2011, Monument paleontologists exploring a fossil-rich area on the Kaiparowits Plateau found a rock mound with a piece of tortoise shell sticking out of it. They determined the ancient fossil was a Basilemys (bă-zĭ-lĕm-ēz) that had not seen the light of day in over 75 million years.

Fortunately, Division of Wildlife Resources fish pathologists and biologists don't expect the parasite will affect fish populations in the Green River to any great degree

On Sept. 17, 2011, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resource will hold its annual Kokanee Salmon Day. Viewing runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, and the viewing site is easy to get to.

Get information on all state parks throughout Utah with this handy new field guide.

Soldier Hollow Golf Course was selected to host the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Utah's first USGA Championship. The Amateur Public Links will bring the best public course players to Utah from July 9 to 14, 2012.

On August 6th and 7th, in an inaugural weekend field trip, members of the Koosharem Band of Paiutes, headquartered in Richfield, Utah visited Capitol Reef National Park. For some, it was their first visit to this land for which they have strong ancestral ties.

Sept. 1, 2011 is the first day you can hunt dove, forest grouse, cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare in Utah this fall. But it won't be the last day. Many of Utah's upland game seasons—which were already long—have been lengthened even more this year.

During their meeting on Aug. 18, 2011 members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved another 107-day duck and goose season for Utah. The season begins Sept. 17, 2011 for hunters who are 15 years of age or younger. 

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum presents the pioneer history of Cedar City, Iron County and southwest Utah in a dynamic and engaging environment.

The Division of Wildlife Resources has stocked between 70,000 and 100,000 rainbow trout into Deer Creek every year for the past seven years. The fish are 10 inches long when they're stocked in the fall and spring, but they grow fairly fast—a year later, most of the 10-inch fish are 17 inches or longer. And the rainbows produced in Deer Creek are fat and healthy.

Tips for a safe archery hunt

Tue, 09 Aug 2011

Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 20, 2011. "Every year, we receive reports of archery hunters injuring themselves," says Gary Cook, hunter education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. Two practices lead to most of the accidents: not being safe in tree stands or having arrows out of your quiver when you shouldn't.

The Springville Fish Hatchery was officially opened for raising fish Thursday, August 4. The hatchery closed in April 2005 when whirling disease was detected in some of the fish.

Join us for the Provo River Watershed Festival Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rock Cliff Nature Center. Great events and activities for the entire family: Ducky derby, fishing, guided hiking, live music and more.

Join us for the Utah State Parks Road Trip film premier at the Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m. The film highlights the journey of six Utahns who visited all 43 state parks in 72 hours. In honor of their journey, Governor Herbert declared Utah State Parks Road Trip Week August 1 through 7.

Access to Range Creek Canyon is administered by Field Station staff, under the direction of the Utah Museum of Natural History.   In order to protect the canyon lands, maximum of 28 public visitors is permitted per day.

Cougars are exciting animals to see in the wild and rarely cause problems for humans. But you should know how to react if you encounter an aggressive cougar.

Several dozen active hot pots are near the town of Midway in northwestern Wasatch County. The largest hot pot is the Homestead Crater. A 110-foot-long tunnel provides access to the water for soaking, swimming, and scuba diving.

From Nephi to Payson, this route has breathtaking views of the Wasatch Range and 11,929-foot Mt. Nebo, its tallest mountain. See flat bottomlands, high-alpine conifers, red rock formations, gray sandstone cliffs and salt flats all in the same day. Sights include Devil's Kitchen, Walker Flat and Mt. Nebo Wilderness.

In southeastern Utah, we don’t have a lot of high country that’s suitable for good horse-packing trips, but we do have one unique opportunity: the Book Cliffs, Little Creek roadless area. The visual appeal of this area is breath-taking.

Several special youth hunting days will be held in Utah in September and October. For example, on Sept. 17—a week before the regular chukar and Hungarian partridge hunts begin—those 15 years of age and younger can hunt partridge. And a chance to hunt ducks and geese two weeks before the regular waterfowl hunt starts will likely happen on Sept. 17 too.

Holding another 107-day duck and goose hunt—and possibly allowing hunters to keep up to three pintail ducks each day—are among items DWR biologists will know for sure after meeting with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in late July.

A trip down the Pony Express Trail is a celebration of the beautiful desert through which the route winds. It is an opportunity to enjoy and explore the romance, vastness, history, and solitude of America’s outback.

Fueling a boat properly is an essential element of good seamanship. Whether you are planning a day outing or an extended cruise, be sure you have enough fuel on board. Practice the one-third rule. Use one-third of your fuel going out, one-third to get back and keep one-third in reserve.

The United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration and Utah State Parks and Recreation ask all recreationists to stay off all muddy roads and trails, and stay out of high flow streams and river crossings.

Camping on the Wasatch Front

Thu, 07 Jul 2011

Utah's Wasatch Range features some great camping and recreational opportunities.  This regional map at Recreation.gov is a great place to start your search.

The newly renovated Beach Campground at Starvation State Park is now open. All 33 sites can accommodate RVs and tents and offer a mixture of partial to full hookups.

Officers with The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) conducted an administrative checkpoint on Saturday, June 11. Conducted to ensure compliance with wildlife regulations at Strawberry Reservoir, the majority of anglers contacted were pleased by the effort. Some, however, were not. 

This map displays Utah's federally and state listed threatened, endangered, and sensitive animal and plant species occurrences. Originally mapped at a scale of 1:24,000, species occurrences are depicted as their representative 7.5 minute topographic quad map for display.

The beautiful scenery surrounding Dead Horse Point State Park draws people from around the world, but there is more to this park than just a great overlook! Visitors staying long enough to do some hiking, whether it’s one mile or six miles, will be rewarded with more stunning scenery, interesting plants and maybe an animal sighting or two.

Razorback suckers, an endangered fish found in the Colorado River Basin and one of the four focal species for the Upper Colorado and San Juan Basin Recovery Implementation programs, were recently found in Lake Powell where the San Juan River enters the reservoir.

Utah had the fifth highest fatality rate in the nation at 14.2 deaths per 100,000 registered boats during 2010 according to a recent study by the U.S. Coast Guard. The national fatality rate is only 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered boats, putting Utah at almost three times the national rate.

Golf Digest named Soldier Hollow Gold Course at Wasatch Mountain State Park as one of the Best in State, one of only 10 courses selected statewide. The Soldier Hollow Gold Course will host Utah?s first USGA Championship, the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship July 9 to 14, 2012.

Although most developed campgrounds are open on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, campers should be prepared for mud, fallen trees, and high, swift waterways throughout the Forest. Forest managers are asking that campers stay on roads and camping spurs in campgrounds to avoid damaging campgrounds and getting stuck in the mud.

As the weekend gets closer, you can stay updated on where fishing is the best by reading the Division of Wildlife Resources' weekly fishing report. See the reports online. You can also receive the free reports via email by subscribing to them.

Ferruginous hawks are extremely sensitive to disturbance during their nesting season, especially early in the season. And with work to extract oil and gas in the basin a way of life, the hawks often have a difficult time finding a safe place to nest. But fortunately, four private and public entities?the Newfield Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power, Utah Wildlife in Need (UWIN) and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources?have teamed up to give the birds some help.

Flaming Gorge Fishing Report

Wed, 22 Jun 2011

You'll find fair to good fishing for most species. Water temperatures are into the mid 50s, and there are some warmer temperatures in the shallower bays. Fishing has improved.

Total Records Found: 720

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