Virgin River Gorge new Fish Dam
The endangered fish folks in Washington County, UT have constructed a 6-ft high, river-wide fish barrier dam in the lower Virgin Rver Gorge, west of the I-15 Cedar Pockets Rest Area in Ariaona.
The dam is about 200 yards downstream of the second highway bridge west of the rest area, where the river bends around a rock outcrop, and is below what is known as Big Ten rapid. A warning sign is being installed upstream of the dam.
The dam will creates a definite obstacle to boaters in the gorge.
The left bank upstream of the dam is drilled and blasted near-vertical limestone cliff. The right bank is grouted rip-rap slope. There are no eddies in the reach upstream of the dam. You may be able to stop upstream of the dam, but it looks you might just have to run it. At 1000 cfs, long-time Virgin River runner Mark Wilder reported it looked like the center of the flow flushed through with a 2-foot velocity-head hump. Thanks to Mark for making a run down into the Gorge to get these photos during this week's high water.
The run can be scouted from a large gravelled area on the right side of northbound I-15, just upstream of a shed with an antenna, and at the new chainlink fence and gate.
In life, pain is unavoidable, suffering is optional.