Deer Creek Reservoir Utah Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Deer Creek Reservoir

Release your inner fisherman or hone your wind surfing skills when you spend a day at Deer Creek State Park and Reservoir, located 27.5 miles south of Park City, Utah.

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  • Deer Creek State Park and Reservoir is located 27.5 miles south of Park City near the town of Midway. 
  • Enjoy fishing, swimming, sunbathing, boating, and sailing on Deer Creek Reservoir. 
  • Fish for trout, bass, walleye and perch. 
  • Hike, bike or horseback ride down Deer Creek Trail. 
  • $10 day use fee. 

Overview

Deer Creek State Park and Reservoir is a haven for water activities in the southwest corner of Heber Valley. Deer Creek Reservoir is an excellent year-round fishery for many species. Other popular lake activities include wind surfing, swimming, and sailing while land-based activities include camping, hiking and biking.

Location/Directions

Deer Creek State Park is located 27.5 miles south of Park City, off US-189 near the town of Midway, UT. Approximate driving time is 40 minutes.

From Park City travel 3 miles on UT-248 E then merge onto US-40 E and continue 9 miles. Turn right onto River Road and follow for 2.7 miles before turning right onto E Main Street and then taking the third left onto UT-113 S/S Center Street and driving 4 miles. Turn right onto US-189 S and go 5.4 miles and then turn right onto UT-314 N.

Hours/Seasons

Deer Creek State Park is open year-round.
Summer Hours - 6 am – 10 pm
Winter Hours – 8 am – 5 pm

Cost

$10 Day Use Pass (includes boat launch use)
$75 annual passes are available.

Contact Information

Deer Creek State Park
P.O. Box 257
Midway, UT 84049
(435) 654-0171
www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/deer-creek

Activities

Fishing
Deer Creek Reservoir is an excellent, year-round Utah fishery. Cast from 18 miles of public shoreline, launch your boat in summer or spud a hole through the ice in winter and search for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Perch. Deer Creek Trail offers access to the western shore of Deer Creek for walk-in fisherman.

Boating/Windsurfing
Boat ramps are located on the north, east and south ends of Deer Creek Reservoir. Launch any number of crafts including power boats, fishing rigs and sailboats. Wind surfing is a popular reservoir activity due to warm canyon winds.

Swimming/Sunbathing
With more than 18 miles of shoreline you’ll find plenty of room to spread out for a relaxing sunbathing or swimming session. Lounge on Sailboat Beach or in Island Beach Day Use Area.

Camping
Head to one of two overnight camping areas for a good night’s rest after a day on the reservoir; Chokecherry Campground costs $25 and features hook-ups, and Great Horned Owl Campground is $16 with no hook-ups. Group Day Use and Group Overnight Camping Areas are also available.

Hiking
Try an early morning hike down Deer Creek Trail, located on the western hillside above the reservoir. This 8-mile trail is a section of the Provo-Jordan River Parkway Trail and is open for other non-motorized use such as mountain biking and horseback riding.

Fun Fact

Deer Creek Reservoir was constructed in the late 1930s by the Bureau of Reclamation.

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