Blue Ribbon Fisheries

Lower Provo River

The Lower Provo above Olmstead Diversion is arguably one of the best trout fisheries in the western United States. This tailwater fishery provides anglers with access to large brown trout and numerous fish between 14 and 18 inches. Anglers visiting this fly and lure-only section will be treated to a truly memorable Blue Ribbon experience.

Waterbody type

Large coldwater river > 30 feet wide


Located downstream from the Deer Creek Reservoir, the Lower Provo River, flows down scenic Provo Canyon.


For current regulations, check the Utah Fishing Guidebook.

Bait restrictions

This section is closed to bait fishing. Artificial flies and lures only.

Nearest town

Orem, UT

Distance to Orem, UT


More information

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Lower Provo River

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Take exit 263 off of I-15. Follow University Avenue/US-189 north for 6.9 miles. Follow US-189 up Provo Canyon for 3.0 miles. Directions to specific access points can be found on the access point pages for this water.


Depths in this section of the Provo River are seasonally variable. However, average depths range from 2 feet in riffle areas to 6 feet in pools.


Wetted widths in this section of the Provo River range from 30 to 100 feet providing for easy false casting for wading flay anglers.


The Lower Provo River above Olmstead Diversion is 5.9 miles long.


Elevations in this section range from 5,360 feet at the base of Deer Creek Reservoir Dam to 4,900 feet at Olmstead Diversion.

Fishing information

Sport Species

Brown trout
Mountain whitefish
Rainbow trout

Non-Sport Species

Leatherside chub
Mottled sculpin
Mountain sucker
Speckled dace

Angling Methods

Float Tube
Non-motorized boat

Suggested Tackle

Fly and spinning tackle will provide anglers with excellent action for trout. Using 6X tippet or 4-6 lb test is recommended. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Suggested Bait

Bait is not allowed in this section of the Provo River.

Suggested Lures

Panther martins, Mepps, and other spinners fished across current can provide anglers with great action. Small shallow-diving crankbaits will also get the attention of trout in this section. Try floating lures when flows are lower. For tips on using lures go to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take me Fishing website.

Fly Matrix

Click here to view the Fly Matrix

Current Water or Flow Conditions

For information on current flow conditions on the Lower Provo visit the Central Utah Water Conservancy District website.

Moon Phase and Fish Conditions

For information on how moon phase and weather conditions are currently impacting fish behavior and fishing success at this location visit

Seasonal Environmental Conditions

Although this section of the river does not ice over, lower flows in winter can make fishing difficult.


Biological Report

Lower Provo River report

Services Description

When planning your trip search Google maps for information on local services, sites, and accommodations.

Access Points

We have provided information on six distinct access points along the Lower Provo River. Wading and floating opportunities vary depending upon the access point. Click on the access point to view available access and camping amenities.

Access pointCamping servicesAmenities for the disabledBoat servicesVisitor servicesOther recreation
Deer Creek ParkCabinsRV
ShowersRestroomsPicnic areas
ShowersCamp host
Covered picnic areas
Frazier Pull-offRestroomsPicnic areas
Primitive Pull-off 1Hand launchRestrooms
Primitive Pull-off 2RestroomsWildlife watching
Trestle CrossingTrails/shoreline pathsHand launch
Vivian ParkRestroomsFishing piers
Hand launchRestroomsFire rings
Picnic areasCovered picnic areas
HikingWildlife watching

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