Strawberry Reservoir: The number-one trout fishery in Utah for both cutthroat and rainbow, this gem of a lake is set magnificently among tall pines. You're really out in the woods here: The nearest town of any size is 30 miles away. So pick your spot, in the middle of the reservoir or tucked away in a quiet nook, and cast a line for dinner -- you can't beat fresh-caught trout cooked over an open fire.
Jordanelle Reservoir (in Jordanelle State Park, near Park City): The wide area at the dam of this boomerang-shaped reservoir is perfect for speedboats, water-skiers, and personal watercraft. The southeast end is designated for low-speed boating. Wherever you go, you'll have the beautiful Wasatch Mountains on all sides.
The Green River through Dinosaur National Monument: The best way to see this spectacularly desolate country is from the river, the way explorer John Wesley Powell did in 1869. Crave excitement? Run the foaming rapids. Are peace and quiet your thing? Float mindlessly in the placid waters, leaving your troubles behind.
Lake Flaming Gorge: Smaller and more intimate than Lake Powell -- and located in a gloriously colorful setting -- Lake Flaming Gorge is one of Utah's real hidden treasures. You can skim the water on skis or relax topside on a houseboat. As for the fishing, if you feel like the big ones always get away, this is the place for you -- they're all big here.
Lake Powell: This sprawling reservoir has what seems like zillions of finger canyons reaching off the main watercourse of the Colorado River. You could spend weeks -- maybe even months -- water-skiing, swimming, fishing, exploring the myriad side canyons, and loafing about in the sun.
The Colorado River near Moab: Tackle the placid stretches on your own in a canoe or kayak, or sign up with one of the outfitters and shoot the rapids. Whatever your style, a trip down the spectacular, scenic Colorado River is an adventure you won't forget.
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