Fisherman's Point Trailhead still a secret in South Weber

Nov 12 2011 - 12:06am

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SOUTH WEBER -- One of the best-kept secrets in the city is the new Fisherman's Point Trailhead, located just off Interstate 84 along the Weber River.

Mayor Jeff Monroe said he has seen only one car in the area and would like to get out the word about the new access to the river.

"I haven't seen many there. People just don't know it's there yet," Monroe said.

The trail is part of the Weber River Trail. Not only does the new trailhead give walkers and joggers a place to exercise, but the parking lot allows parking for fisherman who are seeking a way to fish in the river that runs along the north side of the city.

"I think it gives a nice connecting point to the river. Now it gives a place to park," Monroe said. "It is a new access point to the river."

The trailhead was acquired in 2009 and is a day-use only area.

It took a partnership of several entities to accomplish the goal. South Weber city worked closely with resident volunteers, Staker Parson Companies, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Weber Pathways and Trout Unlimited to create this trailhead, said Pam Kramer, habitat biologist with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Kramer said UDOT acquired the land and Staker Parson constructed the parking lot.

While people are encouraged to use the trail and fish in the river, Kramer cautions users to be careful when using it.

The trailhead was completed in the spring but was not open to the public until this fall.

"During high flows we do not encourage people to use it, so we decided to wait until fall," Kramer said. "Weber Pathways put up the sign and the city named it Fisherman's Point."

Monroe said the trail was part of the city's master plan.

"In the master plan we have other places identified (for trails)," said Monroe. "I think it's a great thing, I think trails are an important part of the community."

The new trailhead and the expanding trail system along the Weber River add to the community's rich agricultural land, proximity to major transportation routes, major employment hubs and shopping in the "Garden Spot of Utah," South Weber city, according to a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Northern Region news release.

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