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Steinaker Reservoir

Steinaker Reservoir
Steinaker Reservoir


Current Conditions:

Last checked for updates: 11/25/2015

Current Conditions

Updated 11-22-15
Day-Use: Open
Surface: Open
Launch Ramp: Open
Campground: Open        Water is Off for the season   vault toilet available in campground #24
Water Temp: 45
Water Level: 50%, watch for under water hazards that may appear slowly as reservoir goes down.
Fishing Conditions: rainbow and brown trout, bass – good; bluegills -fair
Fish Cleaning Station is closed for the season.
Road Conditions: Good
Water is turned off for the season.    Park is open for dry camping and electric sites will be available.
Bring your own water.

The park is open to OHV camping.  You can bring your OHV, to the campground, and ride north on the entrance road to a trailhead that takes you to Doc’s Beach and Red Mountain.  Doc’s Beach is a moderate trail as where Red Mountain is advanced only.

All boaters need to remember to stop and fill out an AIS Certificate of Decontamination.  The certificate must be signed, have a current date visible and be placed on the dashboard of your vehicle.  The certificate needs to be done each time or you can go to wildlife.utah.gov/self certification and take a short course on the AIS program and print off a certificate that is good for the calendar year.  If you have been in Lake Powell or Deer Creek, your boats must be decontaminated and inspected before being launched in the reservoir.   Please call the park and we can schedule a decontamination time.


Steinaker Reservoir is a large reservoir immediately north of Vernal in northeastern Utah. It is an off-stream impoundment of Ashley Creek, which drains the eastern High Uinta Mountains. A state park at the reservoir provides year-round recreational opportunities.

Fish Species:


Steinaker Reservoir is easily accessible from US-191 about four miles north of Vernal. The highway follows the east shore for about a mile. An access road leads across the north end of the reservoir to the state park, which is on the west side of the lake.

Current Regulations:

Fishing Tips:

In the springtime, shallow-water fishing really perks up once the water temperatures get around 55 to 60 degrees for bass and bluegill, and from ice-off to about 60 degrees for rainbow trout. The fall is another 'hot' time for trout, when the water cools down once again.

During the summer, bass, trout and sunfish all seek out cooler waters, so anglers need to fish deeper.

For bass and bluegill, especially in the spring, try fishing in the shallow waters in and around the submerged vegetation. For rainbow trout, fish just outside the weeds, or in roughly 10 to 15 feet of water or more. Rainbows may be in shallower waters, but it's too easy to catch vegetation when trolling. These tips, in fact, apply to many waters in Utah.

Casting into openings in or near areas with submerged vegetation is usually very productive, especially for bass and bluegill.

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