Strawberry River

Haven for Wildlife and People

Open to the Public


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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.


The Strawberry River flows through Wasatch and Duchesne Counties in the Uinta Basin region of Utah.

Open year-round. Overnight camping is prohibited, but bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Conservancy's initial purchases within the corridor, in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 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. The Strawberry boasts a high-quality riparian habitat and pristine fisheries. Learn more about how the Conservancy protects watersheds.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
As Utah's population grows, not all lands can be protected. The Conservancy is committed to working with local communities and maintaining rural economies that support sound land stewardship.

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.

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.


From Salt Lake City:

  • Take I-80 east through Parley's Canyon.
  • Take I-40 toward Heber City and continue to Strawberry Reservoir.
  • You can either access the river from the reservoir (Pinnacles area), or continue on I-40 to Fruitland, heading south to the Strawberry River.

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