Last checked for updates: 4/15/2015
While fishing, please remember that fires are only allowed in designated fire pits. Thank you!
**During this time of year please remember to pay your fees at the gate using the envelopes provided at the iron rangers.**
The Main boat ramp is open, however the Island ramp is closed until further notice.
Deer Creek State Park will be opening the Main ramp for boating. 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 30 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.
The water has been turned off throughout the park. There is no water in the day use areas or the campgrounds. For that reason we have lowered our fees for the winter season.
Day Use: $5 Senior Day Use (for our patrons that are 62 or older): $3
Great Horned Owl Campground has been closed for the season. Chokecherry Campground is still open, but does not have any water in the campground. If you need water, there is water available at the dump station near the office. Electricity and sewer are still available. The fees for camping are the following:
Chokecherry campsites 2- 30 and sites 37 - 40 are $20.00 per night. With extra vehicles $10.00 Campsites 31- 36 are tent only and are 10.00 per night, and extra vehicles are $7.00
Wallsburg has be closed for the season. No facilities are open in that area of the park.
Deer Creek Island Resort also offers wedding parties for the fall/winter season call 435 654 2155 to make a reservation.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 435-654-0171.
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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.