Strawberry River
Strawberry River Strawberry River with cottonwood and red osier dogwood in Utah, United States, North America. © Harold E. Malde

Places We Protect

Strawberry River Preserve

Utah

The Strawberry River is one of Utah's most productive brown and cutthroat trout fisheries.

Why You Should Visit

An 18-mile pristine riparian corridor, the Wild Strawberry River is one of Utah's most productive brown and cutthroat trout fisheries. Steep canyon walls and lush cottonwood forests and dogwood-willow-rose undergrowth protect birds of prey, mountain lions and numerous other mammal and bird species. If you enjoy fishing the Strawberry, visit the Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in Idaho.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site

The Strawberry boasts high-quality riparian habitat and pristine fisheries. Populations of Colorado River cutthroat trout, flannelmouth sucker, and bluehead sucker are supported in the Strawberry and its tributaries. TNC seized on an opportunity to collaborate with partners to protect this vital river stretch, and secure the future of its outstanding fish and wildlife values.

What the Conservancy Is Doing

In 1987, TNC brokered Utah’s first cooperative land preservation effort between a private conservation organization and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). TNC’s initial purchases within the corridor, in cooperation with USBR and the Division of Wildlife Resources, protected the Strawberry from imminent development. Acquisition of approximately 5,600 acres brought nearly 14 miles of the river under protection, which TNC transferred to USBR. Today the area is managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Learn more about how TNC protects watersheds.

Conservation Partners

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, UT Division of Wildlife Resources  

What to See: Plants

Dogwood and willow

What to See: Animals

Cougar, bear, deer and elk, moose, Yellowstone cutthroat and brown trout are at the preserve. There are also raptors and waterfowl.

Conditions

Some portions of the property are steeper and accessible only by foot trail. There is a relatively easy footpath, which follows the north bank of the river.

Visitors can enjoy outstanding flyfishing beginning in midsummer. Vehicle access to the river is possible from the Strawberry Pinnacles area and extends for 6 miles. Public access on this road ends at the gate.  Hikers begin at Soldier Creek Dam and follow the trail eastward along the north bank of the river.  Public access ends after about 8 miles, ¼ mile west of Beaver Canyon.  Please be respectful of property boundaries.

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