Utah Lake and Utah Lake State Park

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Utah Lake State ParkUtah Lake is unique in that it is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the West and yet it lies in an arid area that receives less than 15 inches of rainfall each year. In fact, the lake is fed by the Provo River and is one of the best fishing spots in the state … channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass, and several species of panfish.

In 1776, the Domingues-Escalante party was exploring Spanish Fork Canyon. They climbed a nearby hill and looked down upon a large lake situated in a beautiful valley. One of the men reported that the area was “the most pleasant, beautiful and fertile in all New Spain.” A thriving market for fur brought men into Utah Valley during the 1800s. From that time on, more and more explorers and pioneers came to settle this fertile valley. In 1933, local leaders applied to the Civilian Conservation Corps to help them complete a marina, which was finished a few years later.

Today, Utah Lake State Park provides major access to the 96,600-acre lake for power boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, and is the fourth most visited park in the state. The lake is 24 miles long and averages about 11 miles wide, though the average depth is only about 10 feet. It is situated just five miles west of Provo off Interstate 15. Facilities include four boat launching ramps, sheltered 30-acre marina, 78 seasonal/transient boat slips, modern rest rooms, showers, 71 campsites, a fishing area for the disabled, and sewage disposal and fish cleaning stations. Nearby Provo offers all the amenities including great shopping and dining, accommodations and more.

Park Hours:
Summer – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Winter – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day

Utah Lake State Park
4400 West Center Street
Provo, UT 84601-9715
801-375-0731 – main park number
801-322-3770 – camping reservations
800-322-3770 – toll-free camping reservations


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