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Last checked for updates: 3/24/2018

Current Conditions – Updated 3/23/18

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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.   Wedge dock is in at the main ramp. Launching is also available at the personal watercraft ramp.  There is some minor construction going on around the park so use caution.  Detours are possible.  The Nature Center is closed.  It will reopen Memorial weekend.   Marina Store is now closed and will reopen in late April.  The Aqua X Zone is closed.  It will reopen mid-June.  Floating Campgrounds is closed.  The Cove and Beach House restrooms are CLOSED.  Two new vault restrooms have been installed in the day use area at Hailstone and are open.

Surface:   OPEN.  Very thin ice at Rock Cliff. WATCH FOR ICE CHUNKS IN THE RESERVOIR!

Launch Ramp:  The wedge dock is back in at the main ramp and it is ice-free.  A wedge dock has also been placed at the personal watercraft ramp (PWC).  The courtesy docks have been removed for winter.   Heated restrooms are open at the main ramp and PWC ramp and CXT pit toilets are available in the day use area.

Campground:  Upper Fisher and Murdock campgrounds are now open. Murdock Camp Services is also open with toilets, showers, and laundromat.   Cost is $30 per night for RVs and $25 per night for tents. The cabins are closed.  Sites 1-7 are OPEN at Rock Cliff on a first-come-first-serve basis; you will need to hike from the parking lot.  Reservations can be made for arrivals May 1 and later 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.
Water Temp:  39 degrees
Water Level: 81.61%
Fishing Conditions: Jordanelle Reservoir:   Some beautiful, large kokanee (18″) have been caught about halfway up the east arm. There is little ice formation near Rock Cliff.  Anglers have been catching 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout and 18- to 20-inch brown trout. Try trolling at 1.5–2.0 mph with the lure suspended in 15–30 feet of water. Try using Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Crawler series, Mack’s Lures Sonic Baitfish, or Rapala Husky Jerks. Shore anglers should try fishing from Rock Cliff and traditional fishing methods work well. (03-16-18)
Additional Fishing Info: Fish cleaning station at Hailstone and Rock Cliff are closed.  Click here for more information about the new fish species being stocked at Jordanelle.
Ice Thickness:   Very thin ice at Rock Cliff.
Road Conditions:  Roads are clear. USE CAUTION.  Some minor construction in the park.
Other Information:   AquaXzone is closed.  Jordanelle Rentals is closed.  There is some general construction going on at the park so some areas may be torn up.
HAILSTONE:  Fee area.   Day use has been dropped to $7/vehicle.  $4 for Utah residents 62 and older.   The lease docks are closed for the season.  The Marina Store is closed.  Park Office is open Monday – Friday 10AM-5PM, closed holidays.  Murdock and Upper Fisher campgrounds are open with power, water, and some sites with sewer for $30/night.  Murdock Camp Services is open with showers.  Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times.  Dogs are NOT allowed in or around the cabins and on the public beach.   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.  The Cove and Beach House restrooms are CLOSED, however, the 2 new CXT’s in the day use area will remain open for winter.
ROCK CLIFF:   Fee area.  $7/vehicle.  $4 for Utah residents 62 and older.  Flooding from spring occurred on the south-west boardwalk.  That area is closed.  The Nature Center is now closed.  The boat ramp is out of the water by about 20 feet.  Hike-in camping (sites #1-7 only) are available for $10/night on a first-come-first-serve basis.   The showers and restrooms are closed for the season.  There is a port-a-potty by the campground.  Group site reservations can be made 11 months in advance.  The fish cleaning station is closed. Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times.  Dogs are NOT allowed on the south side of the main road.  
ROSS CREEK:  Day Use fees are $7 per vehicle or $4 for Utah residents 62 years of age or older.   There is a self pay envelope station at the entrance.  Please do not use muddy trails as that increases erosion.  Remember that dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times.  The trails are open to non-motorized use only.

You must self-decontaminate for Aquatic Invasive Species/mussels if you have been to a contaminated water including Lake Powell.  You must be dry for 30 days in the winter time 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.   Please contact the park to make an appointment if you need to be professionally decontaminated just to make sure we are ready for you.   We generally have staff available each day of the week from about 9:00AM to 5:00PM.   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.   435-649-9540.  Go to www.stdofthesea.com for more information.

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Last Updated: 3/23/18
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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 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 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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