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Are you looking for a blue ribbon fishing property near Park City, Utah?  In spite of the amazing fly fishing in the Park City, Utah area, it's harder than you might think to find a true river-front property.  

Where Can You Find Prime Utah River Homes?

The Provo River drainage includes three main sections, the Upper Provo River (upstream from Jordanelle Reservoir near the town of Woodland, Utah), the Middle Provo River (runs through the picturesque Heber Valley, and the Lower Provo River (near Sundance Resort).  The Provo River Restoration project created much needed habitat restoration for the Provo River riparian area, and also made Utah river homes even harder to find.

The Weber River has much more private held land along the banks of the river, and you can find some outstanding fishing ranches in the Weber River basin.

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Utah River Homes...Right On The River!

Featured Utah River Home For Sale: (Too Late-Sold Spring 2017)

Who Else is Looking for Exquisite Utah River Homes Near Park City, Utah?

Here is a rare opportunity to acquire a trophy Utah River property for under $1M!  

This timeless river-front property boasts Tuscan farm house inspired architecture & interiors elements, and it's more sophisticated than you might expect.  This Utah River ranch was meticulously designed and built in 2006 as a tasteful and ultra-high quality alternative to the countless rustic log cabins with difficult river access higher up in Weber Canyon.

Few developers would invest the shocking amount of time and attention to detail to create an artful Utah river home such as this.   Authentic  natural materials were collected from around the country, including 200 year-old reclaimed barn wood from the owner’s original family homestead in Eastern Tennessee.  If you look carefully, you will spot these ancient Red Oak, Cherry, Black Walnut & Maple accents throughout the home, including in the master suite, staircase posts, fireplace mantles and exterior window headers.

Custom iron railings throughout adorn the interior stairs and exterior balconies, which reinforces the old-world feel of this modern Utah river home.

Local artisans were engaged to design & build the exposed hand-hewn timber framing, tongue & groove cedar inlays, and antiqued gusset plates that comprise the stunning upper level high vaulted ceilings of one of Summit County's best Utah river ranches.

Who Stole The Carpeting From This Utah River Home?

Here’s another hard thing to find in a mountain home these days…a Utah river home that doesn’t include any wall to wall carpeting.  So you won’t ever have to worry about your family or your pets tracking in mud, snow, or other evidence of your year-round mountain adventures! 

Stained & sealed concrete flooring is found throughout the home.  It’s super-easy to clean, and you’re comfortable walking around barefoot year-round.  In the summer months, the cooling effect of the interior is amazing.  In the winter months, in-floor radiant heat provides a luxurious touch, without the air quality risks of a forced-air system to irritate your eyes and lungs.

Goldilocks Says “This Utah River Ranch is Just Right!”

If you’re looking for a cabin that will sleep your 37 grandchildren, this probably is not the utah river home for you.  If your idea of a perfect Utah river ranch is about 2500 finished square feet of exceptional quality along a blue ribbon fly fishing stream, you just found a rare commodity!

But don’t worry, your guests will still be interested in over-staying their welcome, due to the partially completed ~700 additional sq ft unfinished studio apartment in the barn that’s pre-plumbed plumbed for a future bath& efficiency kitchen.

Who Knew Utah River Homes Could Be This Sophisticated?

The kitchen of this exceptional home speaks to the quality and thoughtfulness of the construction.  You can see and hear the river when you’re standing behind the kitchen island counting the shocking array of colors present in the exquisite single slab of granite.  Knotty alder kitchen cabinetry, a shockingly cool yet highly-efficient AGA cast iron range imported from Europe, side by side subzero refrigerator and freezer, and under-counter subzero wine cooler and, Bosch dishwasher make this country kitchen the envy of any accomplished chef.

Blue Ribbon Fishing From Your Own Back Yard

The grounds of some Utah river ranches can be overgrown thickets that effectively obstruct your view of the river.  It's extremely rare to find Utah river homes where the yard actually feels like a park-like setting with beautiful mature Cottonwoods.

According to the Weber River Watershed Plan, 2014 the Weber River watershed supports five fisheries that are designated as “Blue Ribbon Fisheries”,  as well as ten additional fisheries that are currently under review or are considered potential “candidates” for Blue Ribbon Fisheries status.

Have you ever experienced the magic of standing on your own lawn and lobbing a Royal Wolff attractor fly into the current only to watch it disappear into the mouth of a hungry resident trout? 

Don’t be intimidated…there’s no need to obsessively match the hatch on the Weber River to have a great day of fishing.  This is a legit Blue-Ribbon stretch that’s home to many hungry and not-too- discriminating opportunistic trout!   It’s obvious water where you can guess where the biggest fish are hiding.  All it takes is a high-floating attractor fly to inspire these hungry and gorgeous little native trout to grab your fly. 

And when you hook a big one, hang on!  You may have to chase it downstream for a couple of holes to successfully land them—they’re big for a reason! 

The Outdoor Living Area Will Be The Envy Of All Your Friends

As elegant and sophisticated as the interior of our featured Utah river home is, most people would agree that the outdoor living area near the water is what puts some Utah river homes totally over the top.

Can you imagine stepping out the door of your new Utah river ranches into a park-like setting?  The north lot line stretches approximately 123 feet along the river.  Groups of mature trees create outstanding privacy from your adjacent neighbors, so the lot feels much larger than the .8 acres or this rare Weber River fishing ranch would suggest.

The current owners created a couple of inviting seating areas to enjoy the river in the comfort of the huge shade trees in the back yard.

There’s even a built-in BBQ and refrigerator outside on the deck, so you can enjoy dinner parties outside in the summer months surrounded by the sight and sound of the river.  The hot tub is elevated high enough that you can actually see the river flowing by when you’re soaking in the hot tub.  This thoughtful touch allows you to appreciate the sight and sounds of the river year round...some Utah river ranches don't maximize the year-round interaction with the river as well as this property does.

2,169,596 Reasons Why You Will Love 1453 E. River Lane in Oakley, Utah

Not all Utah river ranches enjoy such easy access to nearby public lands.  Within just a few minutes from home, you can be exploring Swift’s canyon, Bear Basin, Box Canyon, Single Mill Flat, Smith & Morehouse, Ledgefork, Gardner’s Fork, and more…  In fact, you’re quite close to the Uinta Wasatch Cache National forest boundary.  So you enjoy incredibly easy access for endless hiking, biking, exploring on horseback, fishing, hunting, and riding ATV’s and snowmobiles. 

And you’re in luck…

To help maximize your recreational fun in this mountain setting, you’ll likely end up with more than your fair-share of toys (atv’s, boats, paddleboards, motorcycles, jet ski’s, etc)  Lucky for you, the best Utah river ranches such as this offer ample storage space in the barn area behind the garage to store your large toys!  The garage itself is a spacious 2 car garage, but there’s a loft above the garage which provided you with plenty of additional storage area.

So What’s the Catch?  Utah River Ranches Revealed…

We’ve all witnessed rising rivers in the spring, so one must consider not just the benefits  but also the risks of living so close to a spectacular natural river.

According to insurance assessment at time of construction, this home is not in the flood plain for 100-year flood.  Engineers carefully calculated the main floor elevation, and the home was built 3 feet above the historical high water mark.

The historical high water mark you can find from the mature cottonwood trees in the back yard is from the 1960’s before the Smith & Moorehouse Dam was constructed upstream.  River flows can now be properly managed via controlled releases of water from the dam.

As further protection, the Central Utah Project Recently constructed river diversion dam about ¼ m to ½ m up stream pulls even more water off when river is high to mitigate potential flooding downstream.

Truly a rare ownership opportunity for under $1m!


Park City Realtor Greg Harrigan caught this fat brown trout on a 4 wt rod at Victory Ranch on the Upper Provo River








8 Foot Sturgeon Caught in Provo River, Utah (Kidding)

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Listing information last updated on October 18th, 2021 at 8:43pm MDT.