Fremont River (Utah)

Fremont River is 95-mile (153 km) long river in southeastern Utah, United States that flows from the Johnson Valley Reservoir, which is located on the Wasatch Plateau near Fish Lake, southeast through Capitol Reef National Park to the Muddy Creek near Hanksville where the two rivers combine to form the Dirty Devil River, a tributary of the Colorado River.[2][3][4][5]

Fremont River

Looking south along the Fremont River near Caineville, February 2005

Location of the mouth of the Fremont River in Utah
Etymology John C. Frémont
Country United States
State Utah
Region Sevier and Wayne counties
Physical characteristics
  location Johnson Valley Reservoir


  elevation 8,819 ft (2,688 m)
Mouth Dirty Devil River
near Hanksville
4,250 ft (1,300 m)
Length 95 mi (153 km)
Basin size 751 sq mi (1,950 km2)
  location Bicknell[1]
  average 83.9 cu ft/s (2.38 m3/s)[1]
  minimum 18 cu ft/s (0.51 m3/s)
  maximum 1,360 cu ft/s (39 m3/s)

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The Johnson Valley Reservoir is fed by Sevenmile Creek (from the north) and Lake Creek (from the southwest). The Fremont River passes through Fremont, Loa, Lyman, Bicknell, Teasdale, and Torrey and provides year-round irrigation for the agricultural lands of Rabbit Valley and Caineville. Then it heads through Hanksville and afterwards to its mouth.

The Fremont River has a drainage area of 751 square miles (1,950 km2) fed by spring snowmelt off Thousand Lake Mountain, Boulder Mountain, and the northern Henry Mountains. The river is named after John Charles Fremont.[4] It gives its name to the Fremont culture, a Precolumbianarchaeological culture.

Flow (ft^3/s), by month (1977–2003), at Bicknell gauging station:[1]

Month Mean Min Max
January 85.6 54.1 145.0
February 90.9 59.7 140.0
March 86.6 63.7 133.0
April 89.2 66.1 131.0
May 96.2 70.0 135.0
June 112.0 66.4 243.0
July 119.0 63.3 412.0
August 86.4 58.7 163.0
September 70.7 46.1 174.0
October 67.5 50.7 135.0
November 74.2 46.3 139.0
December 77.0 51.4 119.0

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