Sand Hollow Reservoir is located just minutes from St. George, Utah in Washington County. It is connected to Quail Creek Reservoir by an underground pipeline, and water can be pumped back and forth between the two sister reservoirs.
Sand Hollow has become a hotspot for largemouth bass and bluegill fishing in the last few years.
Last checked for updates: 12/21/2014
November 1, 2014 thru February 28, 2015- Boat Decontamination hours are 7 AM to 10 AM and 3 PM to 5 PM daily. All Out of State Boats will be inspected/washed. Please plan accordingly.
Fishing is still good. Come check it out.
Winter Park Hours effective October 1, 2014 thru March 31, 2015 - 7 AM to 9 PM.
Swimmer's Itch is now inactive. Water temperature has dropped below 65 degrees.
AUGUST 8, 2014- FIRE RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED. All fires must be in a designated fire rings in the campsites and along the beach. Pallets are prohibited in the park so please use proper fire wood.
Sand Hollow State Park has gone "green". Recycling bins for paper, plastic and aluminum now available for our park visitors and campers. The bins are located in the parking lot in front of the maintenance building.
Swimmer's Itch (Cercarial Dermatitis) is active. Get educated!
What is it?
Swimmer's Itch is an irritating, yet harmless rash caused by the human body's allergic reaction to a free-swimming microscopic parasite (cercarial) found in shallow water. It is found throughout the world and is more common during summer months.
Who is at risk?
Anyone who swims or wades in infested water. However, the larvae are more likely to be in shallow water by the shoreline. Children are most often infected because they tend to play in shallow water more than adults. Less than 7% of the population is affected by Swimmer's itch, and of those that are, most build an antibody after one reaction and do not experience symptoms again. However, some people have got the itch more than once, so it all depends on the person's allergies.
How does water become infected?
The adult parasite lives in the blood of infected water loving birds. The parasite produces eggs that are then passed through the bird's digestive system. The next part of the life cycle comes when snail's eat the eggs. The eggs hatch and go through the snail's digestive system, becoming a free swimming parasite. The next step is to once again infect a bird and start the whole cycle over. If a person becomes infected, the parasite will be killed by the human immune system. The rash or blisters that occur are the body's allergic reaction to the parasite. The parasites do not enter the body through the skin or any genital areas. Their attempt to burrow in releases a chemical that irritates the skin and causes the rash.
What are the symptoms?
-Tingling, burning or itching of the skin
-Small reddish pimples
These signs or symptoms may occur in as little as minutes after swimming in the water, or may take longer. The small reddish pimple will appear within 12 hours. These pimples can then turn into small blister. Scratching the infected area can lead to secondary infections. The itching can last a week or more, but will generally go away in about three days.
Do you need to seek medical attention?
Swimmer's Itch is not tracked by the Health Department. It is not life threatening. Most cases of Swimmer's Itch do not require medical attention. If you have a rash you can try the following for relief:
-Cool compress to the affected area
-Bathe in Epson salts or baking soda
-Soak in colloidal oatmeal baths
-Apply baking soda paste to the rash
-Take a benadryl
-Use an anti-itch cream
Can it be spread from person to person?
What can be done to reduce the risk of Swimmer's Itch?
To reduce the likelihood of developing Swimmer's Itch:
-Wear a waterproof sunscreen before entering infested waters.
-Towel dry off immediately once you get out of the water.
-Shower immediately after leaving the water. (Any of the microscopic parasites in the droplets of water on your skin will look for somewhere to go when that water starts to evaporate. The only place to go is in your skin. Which may cause more irritation.)
-Avoid swimming in areas where Swimmer's Itch is a known problem.
-Avoid swimming in marshy areas where snails are commonly found.
- Swim in deeper water, away from the shore, but stay cautious of watercraft.
Please report any cases of Swimmer's Itch at the Park Entrance Station or give us a call: 435-680-0715