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A Utah Salmon Run

Although it is apparently well-known, I only recently learned that several streams leading to reservoirs in Utah have salmon runs. I hadn’t even realized that salmon could spend their entire lives in fresh water. The kokanee salmon¬†were introduced early in the 20th century and have thrived.

Last Saturday, Sarah was out of town and the boys and I drove up to Causey Reservoir to the east of Ogden UT. The terrain is very rugged and a trail wanders high above cliffs for a few miles over to an inlet stream where the salmon are. We spent a long time hanging around watching the salmon struggle upstream; some were swimming very strongly, others were half dead already. These were big fish, at least 18″. Ben was there the same day and his fish pics came out better than mine.

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  1. Melissa | September 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I would love to see the Salmon,could you give me directions to the trail, is it l well marked & how long did it take to hike? How long will they be running?

  2. regehr | September 24, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Hi Melissa, the trail is charmingly named the “Skull Crack” trail. Pretty good info on the route is available on the web at sites like this:

    It’s not marked (except at the trailhead) but is very easy to follow.

    I’m not sure if the salmon are still running, but various sites that I looked at say that September/October is the time to go look.