The Ault Easement
Recently, Division of Wildlife Resources (“DWR”) conservation officers have issued trespass citations to anglers fishing the lower Provo River in the area of the railroad trestle and the property owned by Steve Ault. Utah Stream Access Coalition (“USAC”) has investigated public access in this area has been able to confirm that an easement for public fishing exists on Mr. Ault’s property and that the bridge and trestle are located on property owned by UDOT, which is also subject to the easement.
DWR has informed USAC that conservation officers will no longer issue citations to fisherman in the easement area or on the bridge. However, Mr. Ault apparently disputes the terms of the public access, and DWR is working towards a resolution to this dispute. In the meantime, USAC suggests that anyone fishing in this area take with them a copy of the easement, which can be obtained here: [link] . If approached by the landowner or a law enforcement officer, you can respectfully show them the easement. USAC encourages our members and the public to be cordial and respectful to avoid any verbal or physical confrontation with the landowner or law enforcement while using the easement.
If you are asked to leave an area that you believe you have the right to fish, please find out who is asking you to leave, and report the details to Bert Ley (801)386-1586 at USAC as soon as possible.
USAC thanks our many members for their support which makes efforts like these possible. We believe this is the first of many successes in the process of restoring the right to use our public waters.
Link to Easement Documentation