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You should catch more fish more often when you visit Utah's community fishing waters next year. 

And while it might take a year or two to notice, perch fishing at waters across Utah should become more consistent too.

Two changes approved by the Utah Wildlife Board on Oct. 1—a two-fish limit at the community waters and a 50-fish yellow perch limit across the state—are the reasons for both.

The new limits start Jan. 1, 2010.

Dutch Hollow Trail Work Day

Wed, 07 Oct 2009

The last trail work day of the year will take place on Saturday, October 10 starting at 9:00 am at the Dutch Hollow Trail Complex in Midway Utah. Midway is beautiful this time of year, the weather is cool and perfect for getting out and enjoying the trails. Come help park staff and other volunteers fix up, re-route and prune back the trails.

You and your family can participate in several outdoor activities at the Elk Festival at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. The festival is free of charge. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 10.

Bison on the Henry Mountains

Mon, 28 Sep 2009

The number of bison on the Henry Mountains needs to be reduced.

Is moving more bison from the Henry Mountains to the Book Cliffs the answer? Or should the state offer more hunting permits?

This fall's duck hunt could be one of the best Utah's hunters have seen in years. The number of ducks is way up from last year. And the marsh conditions are great at many of Utah's hunting areas.

Now, if the weather will just cooperate!

Utah's waterfowl hunt starts Oct. 3.

The Utah Water Quality Board has reserved approximately $4 million dollars of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds to be received by the state to fund “GREEN” water quality projects in Utah. This funding will be targeted toward nonpoint source, green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmentally innovative projects as outlined in EPA’s Guidance issued by the Office of Water on March 2, 2009.

The Utah Geological Survey’s newest geologic maps could prove useful in efforts to address geologic hazard and resource issues in Utah County. The maps cover parts of central and southern Utah Valley and surrounding areas.

Participants will learn how to make pottery like the ancient Fremont Indians. Through one-on-one instruction, local artists will teach methods of pottery making, decorating and firing in a rock-lined pit. Preregistration and workshop fee required. For more information and registration form, contact Kari Carlisle at or 435-527-4631.

Heber City — Fluorescent red kokanee salmon have started to swim up some of the tributaries to Strawberry Reservoir. The salmon make this journey as part of their annual spawning run.

You can see hundreds of these salmon and possibly other wildlife, too at the annual Strawberry Valley Wildlife Festival.

Come and enjoy a short presentation about the stories behind the constellations we know and love. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:00pm on 9/26. The program lasts about two hours.  Bring the family!

This is the near-final draft of the 2010 Utah Turkey Guidebook. This draft may contain errors and is subject to change. If you download the draft edition, please make sure that you download the final edition of the guidebook when it is available. The final edition of the guidebook will be available online by Thursday, September 3, 2009.

Camphosts and Museum Hosts greet park visitors, provide information about the park and surrounding areas, collect user fees, and assist with maintenance, cleaning and general upkeep of the campground or museum. Camphosts also oversee day-to-day campground activities and help deter vandalism. Most of our parks have full hookups for hosts in exchange for 30 or more hours a week of volunteer efforts.

Dr. Beth Townsend of Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona will present a lecture on the fossil mammals of the Uinta Basin on September 17th at the Utah Field House of Natural History. Dr. Townsend has spent the last decade collecting and researching the fossil mammals and will be presenting her findings. The lecture is free to the public and starts at 7:00 PM.

Man charged in deer poaching

Thu, 27 Aug 2009

Hurricane — A call to Utah's Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline has resulted in a major poaching arrest in southwestern Utah.  On Aug. 18, Hurricane resident Mathew Steven Spendlove was charged with four Class A misdemeanors and three Class B misdemeanors in 5th District Court in St. George.

Pintail duck limit raised

Tue, 25 Aug 2009

For the first time in 11 years, you can have two pintail ducks in your daily duck bag limit. That and moving Youth Hunting Day into mid-September, were among changes the Wildlife Board approved recently.

Starting in 2010, the chance you'll catch yellow perch in Utah could increase. And the chance to catch fish at Utah's community fishing waters might go up too.

A statewide yellow perch limit and a lower limit at the community waters are among the ideas Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are proposing for Utah's 2010 fishing season.

The number of cougars taken by hunters in Utah this season should be similar to the number taken over the past four seasons.

Members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved rules for the state's upcoming season at their Aug. 20 meeting in Salt Lake City.

Huntington North Reservoir received a new sportfish recently. On July 9, Division of Wildlife Resources hatchery workers flushed 10,000 wriggling wipers out of a hatchery truck and into its waters.

If you like camping and Bluegrass music, you'll love Rockport's annual Dam Jam Bluegrass Festival located at Rockport's Old Church campground area. Come and enjoy authentic Bluegrass music. Listen to local Bluegrass bands perform in the Old Church. If playing is your passion, stroll around the camp area and "jam" with other musicians. For further details contact Rockport State Park at 435-336-2241.

Utah State Parks Visitation

Tue, 04 Aug 2009

In 2008, Utah State Parks hosted 4,540,957 visitors! 
The chart below provides visitation numbers for each park during the same year.

The Utah Dating Violence Task Force and several community partners will host the 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run to Prevent Dating Violence to raise awareness, reduce the stigmas, and offer support to those affected by dataing violence. All proceeds from the race will be used by the Utah Dating Violence Task Force towards the 2010 Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week activities.

Tips for a Safe Archery Hunt

Tue, 04 Aug 2009

If you're an archery hunter, you can stay safe during this year's archery hunts by following a few, simple rules.

Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 15.

As boaters cool off at area lakes and reservoirs, Utah State Parks Boating Education Specialist Chris Haller reminds boaters to follow Utah’s speed and proximity law.
This law requires boat operators to remain at a slow wakeless speed whenever they are within 150 feet of another boat, person floating on the water, towed waterskier, shore anglers, launch ramp, dock, or designated swimming area. Personal watercraft are considered boats.

Here are some basic guidelines.

The Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Tushar Mountain Goat Watch in the Tushar Mountains east of Beaver.

The event is free. The DWR will provide all the equipment you'll need to view the goats.

The Utah Geological Survey (UGS) needs your help in locating fissures in the Cedar Valley area of Iron County. The Central Iron Water Conservancy District has asked the UGS to study earth fissures in the Enoch area and adjoining parts of Cedar Valley in Iron County.

"Our hope is that by putting out the information on fissures and what they are, people might recognize them and direct us to where they are," said Mike Lowe, UGS Ground-Water and Paleontology Program Manager.

More than 5,700 acres of critical big game and sage-grouse habitat now belongs to the state of Utah. 

The land, located in the foothills of Tabby Mountain north of Fruitland, is a critical piece of winter and transition range for elk, deer, sage-grouse and other wildlife.

Each year beginning at Donner Trail Park near the mouth of Emigration Canyon the First Encampment Hike (five mile trek) on city streets to the First Encampment Park is held to commemorate the entry of the Mormon pioneers into the valley.

This year's trek will be held on SATURDAY, July 18, 2009, at 7:00 a.m. at Donner Trail Park, located east of Hogle Zoo and the Bonneville Golf Course at the corner of Wasatch Drive and Kennedy Drive.

If you plan on visiting Lake Powell during the July 4 holiday, or anytime this summer, plan your visit so you don't arrive at a major launch ramp between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

If you arrive during those hours, you won't be able to launch your boat.

The National Park Service has closed the ramps from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Utah time (9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. in Arizona).


Take the Utah Boating Course

Mon, 06 Jul 2009

Recent surveys indicate that over 80 percent of Utah's registered boat owners have not completed an education course. Utah's Boating Course is a simple and easy course to complete.

In Utah, some fireworks are illegal. Generally, if they are sold in Utah, the are legal to use in Utah. If you could not purchase the firework in Utah, it is not legal to light that firework in Utah at any time.

It's not unusual to find a deer fawn or an elk calf in the woods—or even in town—this time of the year.  If you find a deer fawn or an elk calf, the best thing to do is keep your distance and leave the animal right where you found it.

The well known Mountain and Lake courses at Wasatch Mountain State Park are consistently ranked among the most popular, affordable and scenic in Utah. Nationally, Golf Digest rated Wasatch Mountain as one of Utah's Best Places to Play, giving the facility 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Deer permits sell out

Tue, 23 Jun 2009

Permits to hunt buck deer in Utah this fall sold out on June 13.  All of the state's deer permits are gone, but plenty of general bull elk permits are still available.  This should be a great year to hunt elk.

During your visit to Fremont Indian State Park, kids can play in the Kid's Discovery Zone. Kids can pretend to be a Fremont Indian and play in the pithouse, weave on a loom, and make their own rock art on the rock art wall. Kids can also pretend to be an archeologist, put on a lab coat, study real artifacts, and learn about Native American culture in the Archeology Lab.

Many golfers agree that Palisade State Park Golf Course is one of Utah's best-kept golf secrets. Hidden in the geographic center of Utah, Palisade is a beautiful 18-hole mountain course with towering trees, stunning vistas of the surrounding Sanpete County, and breathtaking views of Palisade Reservoir.

Catching tiger trout

Wed, 17 Jun 2009

Anglers are spreading the word: tiger trout are a beautiful fish that put up a big fight. And they taste great on the table! If you want to hook one of these fighters, you need to toss aside some of the techniques you've used to catch rainbow trout.

June 20 is the day the Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Osprey Watch. The free wildlife viewing event will be held on the peninsula that's opposite the Flaming Gorge Dam visitor center in northeastern Utah.

Camp under the night sky in your favorite state park (June 27). We have more than 1,000 campsites throughout Utah - tell stories and toast marshmallows around a cozy campfire. For reservations, call 800-322-3770.

The Mountain Spirit Heritage Festival is Summit County's annual celebration of its history. Come celebrate with dancing, live music, and food vendors. Friday's events take place at the Coalville, Utah fairgrounds. Music starts at 4:00 PM and free "Pig" dinner starts at 6:30 PM.

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