Fishing the 13 miles of the Middle Provo River from the Jordanelle Dam down to Deer Creek Reservoir is a special opportunity for fly fishermen. There are seven convenient public access points to the river with restrooms and parking, making this section of the Provo River worth the trip.
The Utah Mitigation and Conservation Commission invested nearly 45 million dollars to restore the diversity and productivity of the fish and wildlife habitat between the dams, as well as restructuring the meandering stream flow. Water flows are controlled year round. Prior to the construction of the Jordanelle Dam, the river in this section flooded the farmers’ fields during high spring run-off, hampering their ability to plant and harvest crops and manage their cattle. So the farmers built dikes and straightened the river to manage spring flows. This wreaked havoc on the fish population.
The Provo River flows westward from the high Uinta Mountains. Water in the river also comes in canals from trans-mountain diversions from the Weber River, near Oakley and The North Fork of the Duchesne River. There is an 800 to 2,200 yard wide public access corridor along the Middle Provo River between the Jordanelle Dam and Deer Creek Reservoir. This was purchased from landowners and restored with native trees and shrubs, as well as stream improvements. You can fish this section of the Middle Provo River to your heart’s content with flies or lures, especially if you don’t mind a little bit of walking. It’s all catch-and-release fishing above the Legacy Bridge, but you can, if you choose, keep two trout under 15 inches. You can also fish with bait downstream from the Legacy Bridge to Deer Creek.
Besides fly fishing, these access points along the Middle Provo River are great for bird and wildlife viewing and cross-country skiing in the winter. However, you cannot use them for hunting, boating, camping or equestrian activities, as well as bicycling, roller blading or the use of motorized vehicles. Know the rules.