Salt Lake City

Public Utilities

Customer Service: (801) 483-6900 | Report Emergency: (801) 483-6700

Rules

The Wasatch Canyons watershed is 190 square miles of lakes, creeks, streams and forest. The source waters in these canyons provide nearly 60 percent of our customers’ drinking water. We ask the public to support us in keeping the watershed clean by following these rules to protect the public health:

         Camping is allowed in developed campgrounds in all protected watershed canyons. Backcountry camping is allowed on Forest Service property within Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons unless posted as closed but must be 1/2 mile from any road and 200 feet from water sources and trails. Backcountry camping is not allowed in City Creek, Emigration, Parleys, Lambs, and Dell Canyons.
         Please protect our drinking water supply by using restrooms. In the backcountry users must bury their waste at least 6″ deep and 200 feet from any water sources and trails.
          Take pride in your watershed. Practice “Leave No Trace” skills. Pack out what you pack in or use trash containers. We will all enjoy a more pristine, healthy environment.
          Help prevent forest fires. Campfires are allowed in developed facilities with fire rings. Backcountry fires are allowed on Forest Service property within Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons unless posted as closed but must be 1/2 mile from any road and 200 feet from water sources and trails. Use of backpacking stoves instead of campfires in the backcountry is suggested. Backcountry fires are not allowed in City Creek, Emigration, Parleys, Lambs, and Dell Canyons. Seasonal restrictions on fire use may apply. Fireworks are prohibited.
          Dogs, horses, and other domestic animals are prohibited in protected watersheds because their waste can end up in your drinking water. Search/Rescue dogs, etc. allowed by permit only. (Click here to learn why dogs, horses, and other domesticated animals are prohibited.)
         Swimming, wading, and motorized boating are prohibited in protected watershed canyons as studies show these activities have water quality and public health impacts. Fishing waders are required in all lakes and streams.
         Motorized vehicles are not allowed except on roads or trails that are specifically designated as open for that use. Off-road, cross-country travel is prohibited.