Weber River


Weber River

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The Weber River (pronEng|ˈwiːbər) is a "c". convert|125|mi|km|0 long river of northern Utah, USA. It begins in the northwest of the Uinta Mountains and empties into the Great Salt Lake. The Weber River was named for American fur trapper John Henry Weber.

Weber River

The Weber River rises in the northwest of the Uinta Mountains, at the foot of peaks including Bald Mountain, Notch Mountain, and Mount Watson. It passes by Oakley, and fills the reservoir of Rockport Lake, then turns north, receiving the flow of major tributaries Silver Creek and at Coalville, Chalk Creek. Coalville is also at the upper end of Echo Reservoir; Below the reservoir, the river passes Henefer, turns more westerly, and then passes Morgan, where it receives East Canyon Creek. Issuing out of the mountains at Uintah, it turns north again where it is joined by the Ogden River west of Ogden. The combined stream meanders across mostly-flat land, entering mud flats near where it empties into the Great Salt Lake, contributing about 25 percent of the total water entering the lake.

Among the fish to be found in the river are brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout (which is stocked), and mountain whitefish.

The Weber has long been used for irrigation and is part of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Weber basin project. Among the dams on the Weber are Wanship Dam on Rockport Lake (completed 1957) and Echo Dam (completed 1931). The watershed totals about 2,500 sq mi.

References

* William F. Sigler and John W. Sigler, "Fishes of Utah" (University of Utah Press, 1996), pp. 9-10
* [http://greatsaltlake.utah.edu/description/weberriver/ University of Utah description]


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