Wildlife & Fisheries

Wildlife and Fisheries In The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District

The fishing along the Weber or Ogden rivers, as well as at the many lakes and reservoirs in the basin, are among the best in the country. There are hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Weber watershed each year for just that reason.

The Weber Basin Project, which was constructed in the 1950s, developed approximately 220,000 acre-feet of water for use within the District boundary. The District operates and maintains seven large storage reservoirs, which have capacity for over 400,000 acre-feet of water, and many miles of canals and pipelines. The design and operation of the project required that impacts to the fisheries and wildlife were to be mitigated by releasing water from the storage reservoirs when flows in the rivers and streams dropped below a minimum flow rate. This practice maintains the fisheries below the reservoirs as well as provides water for wildlife and recreationists. Many thousands of acre-feet of water per year are released for this purpose.