Blue Ribbon Fisheries

Weber River (Echo to Wanship)

The Weber River is a highly productive river near the Wasatch Front; making it one of the most popular riverine trout fisheries in Utah. This water provides abundant brown trout regularly reaching 16-18 inches. Although the Weber River flows through what is primarily privately-owned areas, public access is available through the Walk-in-access (WIA) program and angler access easements. This is a tailwater fishery with managed flows and fairly stable temperatures. During the winter, mountain whitefish offer great fishing opportunities. This water is whirling disease positive. Anglers should thoroughly clean and dry all equipment before traveling to other waters. For more information consult the disease transport portion of this page.

Waterbody type

Large coldwater river > 30 feet wide


This section of the Weber River is located in Summit County between Echo Reservoir and the I-80 crossing just downstream from Wanship, Utah. The UTM coodinates for the upstream extent of this section of river are 466,342.988 mE and 4,518,408.302 mN. The UTM coordinates for the downstream extent of this section are 465,782.390 mE and 4,529,093.021 mN. Decimal degree coordinates for upstream boundary of this section are latitude 40.816000 and longitude -111.399087. Decimal degree coordinates for downstream boundary of this section are latitude 40.912228 and longitude -111.406322.


For current regulations, check the Utah Fishing Guidebook.

Bait restrictions

Artificial flies and lures only. Use or possession of any bait while fishing on waters designated artificial fly and lure only is unlawful. Manufactured, human-made items that may not be digestible - including items that have been chemically treated with food stuffs, chemical fish attractants or feeding stimulants - may not be used on waters where bait is prohibited. Use or possession of artificial baits which are commercially imbedded or covered with fish or fish parts while fishing is unlawful. For additional information consult Section R657-13-12 of the Administrative Rules.

Nearest town

Wanship, UT

Distance to Wanship, UT


More information

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Weber River (Echo to Wanship)

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From I-80, take the Coalville exit (Exit 162). Travel west from the off ramp and eventually north on Icy Springs Road (SR 280) for 0.6 miles to reach the most downstream access point.


Depth is variable; ranging from less than one foot in shallow riffles up to 6 to 7 feet in deeper pools and runs.


Weber River (Echo Reservoir Upstream to I-80 Bridge - Near Wanship) ranges in width from 25 to 60 feet.


Weber River (Echo Reservoir Upstream to I-80 Bridge - Near Wanship) is 10.0 miles in length.


Elevation of this water ranges from 5,600 feet, at the downstream extent, to 5,800 feet at the upstream extent.

Fishing information

Sport Species

Bonneville cutthroat trout
Brown trout
Mountain whitefish
Rainbow trout

Non-Sport Species

Bluehead sucker
Mottled sculpin
Mountain sucker
Utah sucker

Angling Methods


Suggested Tackle

Spincast, spinning, baitcast, or fly tackle can be used successfully on this water; providing angling opportunities for the novice and the specialized angler alike. Light to medium weight tackle is suitable for all fish you will encounter at Weber River (Echo Reservoir Upstream to I-80 Bridge - Near Wanship). Floating line is recommended when fly fishing. For more information on fishing tackle visit the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Suggested Bait

Fly and lure only.

Suggested Lures

Retrieve spoons, spinners, or baitfish/trout imitating crankbaits across current for successful lure fishing. Marabou or soft plastic jigs fished in the deeper pools or beaver ponds can also be met with success. For more information on lures go the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Take Me Fishing website.

Fly Matrix

Click here to view the Fly Matrix

Current Water or Flow Conditions

Check the USGS website for information on current flow levels for this water.


Biological Report

We ber River Echo to Wanship report

Disease Transport

To learn more on how you can help prevent the spread of whirling disease and other pathogens visit the Protect Your Waters website.

Access Points

The following access points are only a selection of the available access points in this area of the Weber River. Pay attention to signs and respect private property rights when accessing the river.

Access pointCamping servicesAmenities for the disabledBoat servicesVisitor servicesOther recreation
Creamery LaneWaterskiingWildlife watching
Hobson LaneWaterskiingWildlife watching
Icy Springs RoadWaterskiingWildlife watching
Icy Springs Road BridgeWaterskiingWildlife watching
Judd Lane WIAWaterskiingWildlife watching
Riverbend RoadWaterskiingWildlife watching

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