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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

Local Weather for Deer Creek

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Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 11/13/2017

Current Conditions

Last Updated: 10/27/2017
Day-Use: Open.
Surface: Open water.  High reservoir levels may impact shore fishing accessibility in some areas.
Water Temp:  ~56 degrees.
Water Level: 81% full.  Click here for live Deer Creek Reservoir data.
Main Boat Ramp is OPEN.  Courtesy docks have been removed but the wedge dock is still in the water.  Fish cleaning station is closed due to freezing overnight temperatures.
Island Boat ramp is CLOSED for season.
Charleston Boat ramp is CLOSED, but parking and foot traffic is open.
Fishing Conditions: wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/deercreek
Additional Fishing Info:  Fisherman reporting good success.
Road Conditions:  Clear.
 
Camping Info-  Chokecherry Campground is open for fall camping.  All sites are first come first serve after October 16th.  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– Please remember that Deer Creek is still a suspect lake for Quagga Mussels so ALL boats MUST be cleaned, drained and dried upon exit of the reservoir.  Remove all water from your boat, lower & drain the motor, empty live wells and ballast tanks and remove the plug.  Plugs must remain pulled until you get home.  If you are going to go to another reservoir you must either wait the current dry time of 18 days or you must have your boat professional decontaminated.

Decontamination station open daily 9-5.  If Deer Creek was your last boating destination you do not need to wait the dry time before launching again at Deer Creek.   For more information, visit STDoftheSea.com

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.

Fall/ Winter Fees-

Day use fees are $7.00

Day use for Seniors (62 and older) is $4.00

Chokecherry Campground is open with water, 30-amp electric, & sewer hook ups for $20.00 a night.  Tent sites are $15 a night.  Water will be turned off October 31 or sooner.  Water is available at the dump station.

Great Horned Owl Campground is closed for the winter

Extra vehicles in the campground are $7 a night.

 

 

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 season.

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

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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