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Mountain Reservoirs and State Parks

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By cbalaz on March 22, 2012 at 7:57 am
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Strawberry Reservoir (LJWhitmire image; www.flickr.com)

 

Park City is famous around the nation – and even world – for its incredible ski resorts. Many also know of this town because of its fantastic mountain biking. However, you don’t have to be a skier or a mountain biker to enjoy Park City’s fantastic outdoors. You could be a fisherman, a hiker, a trail runner, or none of the above. Whatever your story, you’ll enjoy a trip to one of Park City’s nearby state parks or reservoirs to fish, swim, boat, hike, or picnic. Not summer? No problem. These reservoirs serve as scenic backdrops for winter hikes and show shoe excursions, as well as a popular places for ice fishing.

 

Park City to Jordanelle State Park: 10 miles/ 19 minutes

 

Jordanelle State Park is centered around a two-lobed, L-shaped reservoir. The nearest lake to Park City, Jordanelle offers fishing, boating, and swimming, as well as hiking and camping along its shores. The state park’s nearness to Park City and Salt Lake City makes it one of the state’s most popular playgrounds. Jordanelle State Park has two main recreation areas: Hailstone (the main park area, located off US 40, Exit 8) and Rock Cliff (off UT 32, 7.5 miles east of US 40). Be advised: the Rock Cliff Nature Center is closed indefinitely due to budget cuts.

 

Park City to Wasatch Mountain State Park: 20 miles/ 35 minutes

 

Wasatch Mountain State Park is one of the state’s biggest, full-facility state parks. Offering hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, golf, mountain bike and horseback riding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, this 22,000-acre state park enjoys an extremely scenic location in the Heber Valley.

 

Park City to Deer Creek State Park and Deer Creek Reservoir: 23 miles/ 33 minutes

 

Deer Creek State Park is centered around the Deer Creek Reservoir, a roughly 8-mile long, 3,000-acre reservoir located along the Provo River. The state park features an 8-mile trail that follows the foothills rising above the western shores of this lake. Dogs are not allowed on the Deer Creek Trail, as the namesake creek is a vital source for drinking water.

 

Park City to Strawberry Reservoir: 50 miles/ 75 minutes

 

Strawberry Reservoir is the farthest of all the “local” reservoirs, sitting a long hour southeast of Park City. It is also one of the biggest, at 12,000 acres in size – and one of the best summer locations, with a surface elevation of roughly 7,600 feet. A hotspot for fishing cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as kokanee salmon, the lake gives up 24-inch fish on a fairly regular basis. 

 

Deer Creek Reservoir (a4gpa image; www.flickr.com)

 

 

 

Park City is famous around the nation – and even world – for its incredible ski resorts. Many also know of this town because of its fantastic mountain biking. However, you don’t have to be a skier or a mountain biker to enjoy Park City’s fantastic outdoors. You could be a fisherman, a hiker, a trail runner, or none of the above. Whatever your story, you’ll enjoy a trip to one of Park City’s nearby state parks or reservoirs to fish, swim, boat, hike, or picnic. Not summer? No problem. These reservoirs serve as scenic backdrops for winter hikes and show shoe excursions, as well as a popular places for ice fishing.

Park City to Jordanelle State Park: 10 miles/ 19 minutes

Jordanelle State Park is centered around a two-lobed, L-shaped reservoir. The nearest lake to Park City, Jordanelle offers fishing, boating, and swimming, as well as hiking and camping along its shores. The state park’s nearness to Park City and Salt Lake City makes it one of the state’s most popular playgrounds. Jordanelle State Park has two main recreation areas: Hailstone (the main park area, located off US 40, Exit 8) and Rock Cliff (off UT 32, 7.5 miles east of US 40). Be advised: the Rock Cliff Nature Center is closed indefinitely due to budget cuts.

Park City to Wasatch Mountain State Park: 20 miles/ 35 minutes

Wasatch Mountain State Park is one of the state’s biggest, full-facility state parks. Offering hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, golf, mountain bike and horseback riding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, this 22,000-acre state park enjoys an extremely scenic location in the Heber Valley.

Park City to Deer Creek State Park and Deer Creek Reservoir: 23 miles/ 33 minutes

Deer Creek State Park is centered around the Deer Creek Reservoir, a roughly 8-mile long, 3,000-acre reservoir located along the Provo River. The state park features an 8-mile trail that follows the foothills rising above the western shores of this lake. Dogs are not allowed on the Deer Creek Trail, as the namesake creek is a vital source for drinking water.

Park City to Strawberry Reservoir: 50 miles/ 75 minutes

Strawberry Reservoir is the farthest of all the “local” reservoirs, sitting a long hour southeast of Park City. It is also one of the biggest, at 12,000 acres in size – and one of the best summer locations, with a surface elevation of roughly 7,600 feet. A hotspot for fishing cutthroat and rainbow trout, as well as kokanee salmon, the lake gives up 24-inch fish on a fairly regular basis. 

Tags: Deer Creek Reservoir, Deer Creek State Park, Jordanelle Reservoir, Jordanelle State Park, Strawberry Reservoir, Wasatch Mountain State Park

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