Last checked for updates: 8/31/2016
Construction- Construction is beginning at the Main Park Entrance on the new park administrative office and entrance station. Traffic is down to one lane, so use caution when coming into the park and drive courteously around construction workers. If you notice suspicious activity in the construction site please call 911.
On Monday May 23rd until Wednesday May 25th, the Main Area access to the park will be one way due to construction on the new office. Please be cautious. Possibly on the 26th this access will be closed. Campers can access the park area by the back entrance which will be signed.
Aquatic Invasive Species Information– Please remember that Deer Creek is now a suspect lake for Quagga Mussels so ALL boats MUST be decontaminated up exit of the reservoir. This means all your plugs must be pulled and your boat dried before you leave the park. If you are going to go to another reservoir you must either wait 18 days or you must have your boat professional decontaminated. You can make an appointment to have your boat decontaminated at 435 654 0171, if no one answers leave a message and we will call you back. If you are coming back to Deer Creek you will not need to wait the 30 days or have your boat professionally decontaminated but you will still need to drain and dry your boat. Visit STDoftheSea.com
ANY boats coming from infested waters such as Lake Powell, Nevada, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico and Canada MUST be decontaminated BEFORE entering Deer Creek reservoir.
Great Horned Campground is open
Day use fees are $10.00 Monday thru Thursday. Holidays and weekends day use fees are $15.
Day use for Seniors is $5.00
Chokecherry Campground is open with electric, sewer and water hook ups for $30.00 a night. Great Horned Owl is open for $20 dollars a night-no hook ups. Extra vehicles are half the price of the campground.
Deer Creek Island Resort offers wedding parties and boat rentals for the fall/winter season, call 435 654 2155 to make a reservation.
Uinta Kiting offers kite surfing lessons call (435) 647-6676.
Zipline Utah offers zip line tours in the Rainbow Bay day use area, call (801) 367-2575
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.