Tips for Camping on the Ice

Ice camping beneath the cliff

Camping on the ice can be a thrilling way to experience ice fishing, and one popular destination for this activity is Flaming Gorge in Utah and Wyoming. This stunning reservoir is known for its crystal-clear waters and abundance of fish, including the elusive burbot.

When camping on the ice at Flaming Gorge, it’s important to come prepared with the proper gear and equipment. This includes warm clothing, a reliable ice auger, and an insulated shelter to protect yourself from the elements. It’s also a good idea to bring along a portable fish finder to help locate schools of fish beneath the ice.


Here is a short list of the equipment we use to make our time camping on the ice more enjoyable:


Eskimo 9416i Ice Fishing Tent 

Nils UR600C 6″ Ice Auger

Buddy Heater

Big Buddy Heater

5KW Diesel Heater

The diesel heater is a new addition this year. Stay tuned for a full review. 


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Burbot, also known as lingcod, is a species of freshwater fish that is invasive to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. These fish can be quite elusive, but they are a sought-after catch due to their delicious flavor. To increase your chances of catching a burbot, it’s important to fish during the evening hours when these fish are more active.



When camping on the ice, it’s also important to be aware of the safety hazards. Always be sure to check the ice thickness before venturing out, and never go alone. It’s also a good idea to bring a set of ice picks or a personal flotation device, in case of an emergency.

burbot from the bunk bed

Overall, camping on the ice at Flaming Gorge can be a unique and rewarding experience for those who enjoy ice fishing. With the proper gear and knowledge, you’ll be able to catch some delicious burbot while enjoying the beautiful scenery of this reservoir.

Gorge Sunrise

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