With construction of Jordanelle Reservoir in 1995, the risk of flooding was significantly diminished, which provided the opportunity to restore the Provo River through Heber Valley back to a natural meandering
riverine ecosystem. With construction crews from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and U.S. Bureau of
Reclamation, the Mitigation Commission designed and constructed new meanders,
side channels and wetland ponds. Existing levees were set back to create a near natural flood plain and to
allow the river to change course naturally. This effort is referred to as the Provo River Restoration Project (PRRP).
Restoration construction efforts were initiated in 1999, were substantially complete in 2008, and
resulted in approximately 2 miles of additional river length. New side channels and ponds are
improving fish habitat and providing habitat for wetland dependent wildlife. Growing stands of riparian
vegetation are providing the environment necessary for a healthy fishery and riparian ecosystem.
Public access to the 12-mile PRRP corridor is available from seven designated angler-access parking
areas shown on the map below. Two of the sites were built to provide easier access to fishing for those who are physically challenged. Private property runs adjacent to this public corridor, so please respect
the rights of private-property owners. While the public may move freely once within the corridor, entering and leaving should be done only through the designated access points. The following are examples of what there is to do throughout the project: Fishing, Bird and wildlife watching, Photography, and Cross-country skiing; however, to protect the river's sensitive riparian ecosystem, these activities are not allowed: Hunting, Boating, ATVs, Camping, Equestrian activities, Bicycling, Roller blading, Skateboarding, Motorcycles and motorized scooters.
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