Ashley Creek (Uintah) has two forks. The South Fork has its origin at Lake Wilde near Leidy Peak and flows southeast. The North Fork begins at Hacking Lake just northeast of Leidy Peak. The two meet several miles southeast near Taylor Mountain and Forest Road 515. The stream then continues into Ashley Valley where it becomes part of the Central Utah Project. There, surplus waters are distributed through a feeder canal into the Steinaker Reservoir. The rest of the water is fed into municipal pipelines to the communities of Vernal, Naples and Maeser. The creek was named for General William H. Ashley who led mountain men and trappers into this area.
G. William Wiersdorf
See: Bureau of reclamation: Central Utah Project. Utah Place Names, p.14; John W. Van Cott.