The backside of Flaming Gorge Reservoir showing about 1/20th of the total surface area. It's total surface area at capacity, is 42,000 acres.
The Dam. Notice the water level is pretty much at it's maximum level. They don't use a spillway but rather two huge water release tubes as shown in the following photos.
The front side of the dam.
I thought this was interesting, that they would monitor any dam movement. I suppose a micro inch might be acceptable but a foot probably means to evacuate down stream.
The pedestal mentioned above. This is located about 200 yards in front of the dam. One of several according to the information plaque.
This is about 100 yards downstream from the dam. A popular place to launch a raft to ride the rapids and or fish from. If you want to read the signs, right click and select "View Image."
A curious array of little geysers. I suppose they are a consequence of upstream water release activity.
This is your basic outlet I assume for power generation. That little sign on the right of the outlet tunnel is a hoot and here is what it says:
No Admittance! Maybe this sign is needed when the water level is lower. Right now though, a little ridiculous.
A mountain of water being released from the reservoir.
Can you imagine the forest fire you could put out with these two jets of water? I wouldn't want to be on the end of that hose. These two outlet tubes are large enough to drive a small car through albeit a little difficult at the moment.
Switching gears. peek a boo.
Caught these two frolicking around. I hope one of them has protection. Judging from the number of Prairie Dog's in this community, they really don't need anymore.
The obligatory Cactus flower(s).
and the obligatory juvenile Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)! The last offspring of a resident pair of mated Great Horned Owls. I was told by a local that the male had died last Spring after being resident in this camp ground for several years, so this Juvenile Owl is truly the last of two babies for this mated pair. Sad, but true. Discovered in my campground 6/15 and photographed morning of 6/16. (There wasn't enough light in the evening when
I first saw them so I had to go back the following morning hoping to rediscover where they were roosting.) I wonder "who" shampooed it's chest? At Anderson Cove Camp Ground adjacent to Pineview Reservoir, North Eastern Utah.