The Weber River below the Echo dam was channelized in the 20th century, creating a strait-running sluice that is poor habitat for trout and also ruins water quality downstream. The Fawcett Ranch contains two of the few remaining bends in the Weber, which slow the current. Bald eagles winter in the trees above the river, and elk rest in the river meadows.
PROPERTY OWNERS: Kent Fawcett
RECREATION: Public fishing access
VEGETATION: Wet hay meadow and riparian woodland plant communities
WILDLIFE: Mule deer, elk, red fox, mink, beaver, skunk, raccoon, bald eagle, sandhill crane, various raptors, bobolink, frogs, brown trout, bluehead sucker, longnose dace, speckled dace, mottled sculpin, mountain whitefish, etc.
CONSERVATION VALUES: Open space, agricultural, wildlife habitat, recreational fishing, water quality, wetland and riparian