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Deer Creek State Park

Deer Creek Reservoir

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • View of Mount Timpanogos (11,752 ft) and Deer Creek Reservoir from Island Beach Day Use Area.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Picnic shelters at Island Beach Day Use Area.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Deer Creek Island Resort and Dock of the Bay Restaurant.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Boat ramp at Island Beach Day Use Area.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Main picnic shelter at Rainbow Bay Day Use Area, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Picnic shelters at Rainbow Bay Day Use Area, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Zipline Utah at Rainbow Bay Day Use Area, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Zipline Utah at Rainbow Bay Day Use Area, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • View north to Deer Creek Reservoir from Chokecherry Campground, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Great Horned Owl Campground at Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Typical campsite at Great Horned Owl Campground, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Restroom and shower facilities at Great Horned Owl Campground, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Restroom facilities at Chokecherry Campground, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Chokecherry Campground, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Typical RV campsite at Chokecherry Campground, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Public boat ramp and day use marina at Deer Creek State Park, adjacent to Sailboat Beach.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Restroom facilities at Deer Creek State Park, adjacent to Sailboat Beach.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Fish cleaning station at Deer Creek State Park, adjacent to Sailboat Beach.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Picnic cabanas at Sailboat Beach, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Mount Timpanogos (11,752 ft), Deer Creek Reservoir and Sailboat Beach, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Sailboat Beach, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
  • Large group picnic shelter at Sailboat Beach, Deer Creek State Park.- Deer Creek State Park
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Pros: 
Boating on Deer Creek Reservoir. Three large day use and swim beach areas. Fifty-four-site campground.
Cons: 
Gravely beaches. Limited shade and privacy at the campground.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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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:

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