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Jordanelle Reservoir


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Jordanelle Reservoir

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Last checked for updates: 11/12/2019

Current Conditions – Updated 11/11/19

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*Southwest boardwalk of Rock Cliff is closed due to water damage. Other areas at Rock Cliff are open.

Day-Use: OPEN. The day-use area is open as well as the restrooms at both the PWC and Main Ramp. CXT pit toilets are also available in the day use area. The Cove and Beach House restrooms are closed for the season.

Surface: Please use extreme caution when boating. Watch out for floating debris!

Launch Ramps: The courtesy docks at the main ramp are still in place but will be removed mid-November. The courtesy dock at the PWC ramp has been removed for the season. Both wedge docks have been installed and will remain in place until the reservoir freezes over. The Rock Cliff boat ramp is still in the water. The Ross Creek non-motorized boat ramp is out of the water. Remember, this is for non-motorized use only!

Campground: All campgrounds are closed as of November 11. Reservations will start again May 1, 2020.
We ARE NOT allowing any dry camping this winter season due to issues the last couple of years.
Camping at Rock Cliff is Closed until further notice due to the flooding.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-322-3770 or clicking on the “Reservations” link on the top right of this page. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance of your arrival and up to 4 months in advance. All reservable sites are on reservations from May 1 – October 31.
Water Temp: 45 degrees
Water Level: 85.62%
Fishing Conditions Jordanelle Reservoir: The reservoir was stocked with rainbow trout on September 24. The fishing is good. Anglers are catching 14- to 24-inch brown trout, 10- to 16- rainbow trout, 9- to 16-inch smallmouth bass, and 10- to 16-inch rainbow trout.
If you’re targeting trout, try using 2 5/8-inch silver or hammered gold/silver Williams Wabler spoons, 1/2-ounce nickel/chartreuse or gold/fluorescent red Acme K.O. Wobbler spoons, Rapala Original Floating Minnow or Jointed Minnow swimbaits, or Storm Swimmin’ Stick swimbaits. Also, try using garlic/chartreuse or fluorescent orange PowerBait or night crawler with a marshmallow fished 18- to 24-inches off the bottom using a fixed or slip sinker rig, or night crawler or salmon egg with nightcrawler fished 20- to 30-inches below a bobber.
If you’re targeting smallmouth, try using green/pumkin, watermelon/red, or smoke stick 3- to 5-inch soft plastic worms fished using a drop-shot rig, Texas rig, or Carolina rig, 3- to 4-inch soft plastic swimbaits using a weighted hook or jig head, or 1/4-ounce jig head tipped with night crawler or small dead shiner. Also, try using rubber skirted jigs (3/8-ounce for baitcasting, 1/4-ounce for spincasting), Booyah Blade spinnerbaits, Storm Wiggle Wart crankbait, Rapala DT crankbait, or Bandit Lures Series crankbaits. For boat anglers, we recommend casting toward and retrieving out from the shore. For shore anglers, we recommend fan casting along the shore rather than casting straight in front of you.
*Utah law protects salmon populations during the fall. If you catch a kokanee salmon anywhere in Utah — from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30, 2019 — you must release it.
Additional Fishing Info: Fish cleaning stations are closed for the winter. Click here for more information about the new fish species being stocked at Jordanelle.
Ice Thickness: None
Road Conditions: Please obey the speed limits in the park.
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HAILSTONE:

Fee area. We are now on our off-season rates. Day use is $10/vehicle. $5 for Utah residents 62 and older. The courtesy docks is in at the main ramp. The marina store is closed for the season. Reservations can be made 4 months in advance of your arrival date by calling 1-800-322-3770 or online. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Group site reservations can be made 11 months in advance.

Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. Remember dogs are a privilege, not a right. Dogs are NOT allowed in or around the cabins and on the public beach. For more information about Service Dogs, please contact park staff.

ROCK CLIFF:

Fee area. $10/vehicle. $5 for Utah residents 62 and older. Flooding from spring occurred on the south-west boardwalk. That area is closed. The Nature Center will open Memorial Day weekend and will be open Fridays 12-5, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 9-5.
Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. Dogs are NOT allowed on the south side of the main road. Remember dogs are a privilege, not a right. For more information about Service Dogs, please contact park staff.

ROSS CREEK:

Fee area. $10/vehicle. $5 for Utah residents 62 and older. There is a self-pay envelope station located at the trailhead and the non-motorized boat ramp parking lot. The Ross Creek non-motorized boat ramp is out of the water. Remember, this is for non-motorized use only!

Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. Remember dogs are a privilege, not a right. For more information about Service Dogs, please contact park staff.

You must self-decontaminate for Aquatic Invasive Species/mussels if you have been to contaminated water including Lake Powell. You must be dry for 18 days in the fall for simple boats like sailboats and non-motorized vessels (ex. paddle boards) or be professionally decontaminated before you launch at another water body. If you have a more complex boat with ballast tanks or in/outboard motors with unverified water, it’s 30 days of dry time regardless of the time of year or professionally decontaminated before you launch at another water body.

Our decontamination station has been winterized for the season. If you need a decontamination, please contact the DWR Central Uath Office at 435-503-4066 to make an appointment. If you have been to Lake Powell and your boat has ballast tanks, you must be decontaminated regardless of the time the boat has been out of the water. This is due to the major infestation at Powell. Mussels are appearing on boats that are there less than a week.

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Jordanelle Reservoir is one of Utah's most famous waters, and is known as a trophy Smallmouth Bass fishery. It also has some real trophy sized a href='../utahfish/browntrout.php'>Brown Trout and some big Largemouth Bass as well. The perch fishing at Jordanelle is also very fast. The DWR recently increased the limit on perch at this reservoir from the statewide 20 fish to 50 fish for Jordanelle.

Jordanelle also provides a great trout fishery as well. The lake is home to several species of trout, including the native Cutthroat Trout, the a href='../utahfish/rainbowtrout.php'>Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.

Jordanelle is located between Park City and Heber valleys, near Kamas, Utah in Wasatch County. It is a beautiful lake set around the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. If you go, you'll enjoy a great lake for fishing as well as many other aquatic activities. There are 2 main areas, both Utah State Parks. One is the Hailstone Marina, on the north end of the reservoir. The other is the Rock Cliff Recreational Area, located on the East side where the Provo River enters the reservoir.

Jordanelle Brown Trout
A nice Brown Trout caught at Jordanelle in April 2006

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