Getting to the North Fork can be a beautiful drive through the mountains, or an awe inspiring one through desert and red-rock territory. From Heber City, head North on Highway 40 to the intersection of it and River Road/SR 32. At the intersection turn right and head towards Kamas. After about 10 miles you'll come to a tall hill, just up a little will be a turn off to the right, Lower River Road. Take Lower River Road and drive over Wolf Creek Pass for 29 miles and the road that follows along the North Fork will be on the left. From Duchesne, drive North on Center Street for 6 miles, turn onto SR 35 and drive for 30 miles, the road for the North Fork will be on the right.
The North Fork follows along the majority of the road, with the exception of a few places. Along the lower stretches of the river you may run into private property, even in certain areas within the forest. Be mindful of property rights, respect all posted land, and the majority of property owners allow access as long as you clean up after yourself. On the forest, don't be surprised to run into cattle out on the range. The vast majority of the stream can be accessed easily from the road, other places may be a steep embankment and then a short walk across a flooded meadow.
For the North Fork, there are multiple configurations of equipment that will work for you on the North Fork. From a 7'6" 3 wt to a 9' 5 wt, there is plenty of room for you to move. We would suggest that a 3 wt be your minimum weight and a 5 wt your maximum. Fish in the river generally range from 12-14", but there are some in there of monstrous proportions. Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat, as well as Mountain Whitefish are the game fish that you’ll catch in the river.
The North Fork of the Duchesne River is a beautiful South Slope river that is slowly becoming a more popular river as people tire of the crowds on their favorite streams that are closer to civilization. Take the time to hit the North Fork before you need to find a new lonely river to call home.