Starvation State Park

Written by on February 25, 2017 in UT Outdoor Adventures - Comments Off on Starvation State Park

Starvation State Park
Two years after the dam was erected across Strawberry River, Starvation State Park in Utah was established. The dam created a 3,495 surface acre reservoir as part of the Central Utah Water Project. This gorgeous reservoir, nestled among arid hills and sandstone bluffs, offers marvelous fishing, boating and water sport activities, as well as amazing off-road vehicle trails. There are four primitive campgrounds and one developed campground nestled along the shores.

The name of the park has its source in the early pioneers’ struggle for survival in this harsh terrain. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cattlemen and farmers attempted to wrest a living along the banks of Strawberry River, only to discover that harsh, long and cold winters, short growing seasons, combined with flash floods, hailstorms and other aspects of nature set out to ruin their dreams. These settlers nicknamed the area “Starvation,” and it is this reference that gave the highway bridge, the reservoir and the state park their names.

Secluded and peaceful, Starvation State Park provides access to brilliant blue waters and 23 miles of sandy shoreline of Starvation Reservoir — a perfect place to beat the summer heat! Swimming, sailing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and motorboats are all allowed on the lake. Off road vehicles and biking are allowed on designated trails.

Starvation State Park abounds with natural diversity. Juniper, pinon, and sagebrush dominate the desert landscape. A variety of wildlife species can be found living in the park, including critters like mule deer, cottontails, jack rabbits, beavers, badgers, chipmunks, and prairie dogs. Coyote, fox, bobcat, and elk also live in the area. Birds and waterfowls abound including, osprey, mountain bluebird, scrub jay, magpie, and swallows. Great blue herons, loons, Canada geese, hawks, a variety of ducks, and an occasional golden or bald eagle may be seen.

Resting at an elevation of 5,720 feet, Starvation State Park is located four miles northwest of Duchesne, just off US Highway 40. Nearby attractions include Red Fleet State Park, Steinaker State Park, the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and Dinosaur National Monument.

Starvation State Park
PO Box 584
Duchesne, UT 84021-0584
(435) 738-2326

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