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Deer Creek Reservoir

Deer Creek largemouth bass fishing at its finest
A Largemouth Bass caught with a senko at Deer Creek
Deer Creek Reservoir Map


Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 3/22/2019

Current Conditions

Last Updated: 3/9/2019
Day-Use: Open.
Reservoir Surface: Reservoir is frozen; varying ice thickness across the reservoir. Ice thickness ranges from 4″ to 8″ in most areas. Soft edges due to filling reservoir, fishermen report 5′ to 20′ open water along shorelines in some areas. Open water near the river inlet by Charleston.
Ice is Never 100% Safe! — Do not judge ice safety on thickness alone. Ice does not form or maintain a uniform thickness. Snow, wind, slush, temperature, and other factors can cause ice thickness and strength to vary greatly, even within inches. Recreate on the ice at your own risk and verify ice thickness as you head out. Click here to learn more ice safety tips.
Water Temp: ~32 degrees.
Water Level: 81% full. Click here for live Deer Creek Reservoir data.
Main Boat Ramp is CLOSED.
Island Boat ramp is CLOSED.
Charleston Boat ramp is CLOSED. The Charleston day use area primitive launch will continue to remain open for hand launched watercraft; as it has been for the last 3 years. We are still planning and discussing the future of the barriers. There wont’ be any immediate change to that area.
Fishing Conditions: wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/deercreek
Additional Fishing Info: Fisherman reporting good success.
Road Conditions: Plowed clear.
Camping Info-
Chokecherry Campground is open for winter camping. Sites 1-7 are $20/night with electric and sewer hookup’s. Tent sites are $15/night. Extra vehicles pay the day use fee. Water is available at the dump station year round. Restrooms are available at the boat ramp.
Great Horned Owl Campground is closed for the winter.
Water is available year round at the dump station. Reservations are recommended for summer camping, and can be made up to 3 months in advance. Unreserved sites are first come first served day of only. Reservations accepted between May 15th and October 15th.
You can make campground reservations online
or call 1-800-322-3770.
Dog Information: Deer Creek State Park is a watershed, thus dogs are only allowed in the campground.

Aquatic Invasive Species Information– It’s official! Deer Creek is no longer a suspect lake for Quagga Mussels! Boaters no longer have to wait the dry time period to launch at another water body in Utah. We encourage you to continue to clean, drain and dry to prevent the spread of mussels.

ANY boats coming from infested waters such as Lake Powell, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, California, New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico and Canada MUST be decontaminated BEFORE entering Deer Creek reservoir. Decontamination station is open by appointment only. Decontaminations are only available at the Main park area and no longer available at the Island Ramp. For more information, visit STDoftheSea.com

Fall Decontamination Schedule:

All decontaminations require a prearranged scheduled appointment. Call 435-654-0171 and a Ranger will call you back to arrange an appointment.

Fall/ Winter Fees-

Entrance Fee:

$7 per vehicle
Senior Entrance Fee (62 and older):

$4 per vehicle


Chokecherry Campground Sites 1-7 (electric, sewer): $20 per night

Chokecherry Tent: $20 per night

Extra Vehicle: Pay the day use fee of $7

Towed Vehicle: no charge

Fun Activities-

Deer Creek Island Resort offers boat rentals, food, convenience store, and wedding parties, call (435)654 2155 to make a reservation. Closed for the season.

Uinta Kiting offers kite surfing lessons call (435) 647-6676.

Zipline Utah offers year-round zip line tours in the Rainbow Bay day use area, call (801)367-2575

Island Aqua Park is closed for the season.

Deer Creek Reservoir is located on the lower Provo River at the top of Provo Canyon, only about 25 minutes from the Provo/Orem area. It is approximately 3000 acres. The entire shoreline of Deer Creek is publicly owned, and access is completely unrestricted. There are two main boat ramps, one at the state park, and the other at Rainbow Bay near the island).

Water levels fluctuate annually based on yearly snowpack and runoff totals as well as water usage by downstream water users for both culinary and agricultural uses. The fluctuation in water levels also affects fish populations and many species of fish tend to go in boom and bust cycles.

For example, perch populations grow substantially during high water years when there are lots of rocky and weedy shoreline areas in which they can spawn and survive predation long enough. Smallmouth and largemouth bass populations follow a similar trend. When water levels decline, there is nowhere for young fish to hide and they quickly fall prey to large predatory fish such as walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and brown trout.

Deer Creek is a very popular water for Utahns who like to boat and fish, due to its close proximity to the Wasatch Front and its easy access. It is located in the Heber Valley, at a crossroads of sorts between other fishing destinations such as Strawberry Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, and Utah Lake.

Walleye are probably the most extreme example of boom and bust cycles. In good water years, prey species (which include yellow perch, young smallmouth bass, bluegill, and trout) multiply dramatically. This causes a corresponding increase in Walleye populations. During drought years, or after the predator population gets too large, they literally eat themselves out of house and home, and this causes a crash in the prey populations. Once the prey base has dwindled, the walleye themselves crash, and then the cycle continues.

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