Last checked for updates: 3/29/2015
The park fees are currently at winter rates and all water to the park has been shut off. They are as follows:
- Camping - $26 / night (electric and sewer) and $13 extra vehicle
- $21 / night (electric) and $11 extra vehicle
- $13 / night (dry camp) and $7 extra vehicle
- Day Use - $7.00 / vehicle
- Cabin - $60 / night
The parks water was shut off and system winterized on October 14.. After October 14th, the parks day use and campground will remain open but with limited amenities.
The boat ramp dock has been put in for the 2015 season but the courtesy dock remains out.
All boaters need to make sure and fill out an AIS Certificate of Decontamination. The certificate must be signed with a current date, and left on the vehicles dashboard. The Certificates are located at te parks entrance gate or by taking the online Mussel-Aware Boater course at wildlife.utah.gov/self certification. The online course is good for the calendar year. All boats, personal water crafts, and any other water craft devices that have been in Lake Powell or Deer Creek in the last 30 days or less need to be decontaminated before launching. If your boat needs to be decontaminated, please contact the park to schedule a time. Please help us insure that Steinaker remains mussel free.
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 Dock's Beach and Red Mountain. Docks Beach is a moderate trail as where Red Mountain is more advanced.
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.
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.
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.