Northeast of Provo, along the Alpine Loop, a scenic byway in the Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake City, Deer Creek State Park rests at the end of Provo Canyon in the scenic Heber Valley on the banks of Deer Creek Reservoir. The park is a convenient half-hour drive from Provo, and an hour from Salt Lake City.
The nearby Mount Timpanogos overlooks the reservoir and state park, and views of the peak abound throughout the park. Deer Creek Reservoir encompasses nearly 3,000 surface acres at its maximum. It is about 6 miles long and offers 18 miles of shoreline.
The park offers complete amenities for camping and water sports. There are three large day use areas with swim beaches, a boat ramp, and a 54-site campground. The reservoir is available for paddling and fishing. Deer Creek Reservoir is stocked annually, and it has a large natural population for sport fisherman, including rainbow and brown trout, large and smallmouth bass, walleye, and yellow perch. Predictable winds out of Provo Canyon encourage wind sports on the water, and nearby Uinta Kiting offers kiteboarding lessons. Also available are zipline tours through Zipline Utah, and Deer Creek Island Resort offers rentals and food and drink. The Deer Creek Trail parallels the western shore of the reservoir on the hillside above Deer Creek, designed with biking and equestrian use in mind.
Deer Creek State Park was established in 1971 as part of a cooperative agreement delegating responsibility for administering the Deer Creek Reservoir and surrounding state lands.
Dogs are allowed only in state park campgrounds. No dogs are permitted on boats, beaches, in the reservoir, or in park buildings.
Note: Deer Creek State Park's day use areas are open year round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter months. To make shelter reservations call 801.538.7220, and for campground reservations call 801.322.3770.
For more details about the day use areas in Deer Creek State Park, see these adventure descriptions: