Situated on the eastern shore of Pineview Reservoir, Middle Inlet Beach is among the most popular day use areas on the water—the reservable picnic shelter can accommodate up to 75 people and has been the site for many a wedding, family reunion, and the like. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance and should be made as early as possible, especially if you’re planning for a summer weekend.
The beach allows for drive and walk-in day use visitors as well. Due to illegal dumping and rampant littering, the Forest Service initiated a fee for use at this site and many others several years ago—expect to pay $12 per day per vehicle with or without vessel. Walk-in access at all sites costs $5. It's open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and glass bottles, beach fires, and dogs are prohibited. Want to visit the reservoir without paying? Quist Beach is your best bet.
Middle Inlet Beach is full of amenities, and during operating hours there is always a host around to answer questions. Beach access is simple and easy, as is the boat dock and vault toilets. Note that the paved parking area can only accommodate up to 20 cars, so to get a spot and find prime real estate, plan to arrive early on summer weekends.
The relatively new North Arm Watchable Wildlife Trail begins on the north side of Pineview Reservoir and travels along the water through a riparian-wetland area featuring prolific riparian and marshy areas before approaching Middle Inlet Beach. The National Forest Service has installed signage so that bikers, runners, and walkers can get more information on the deer, blue grouse, sage chicken, elk, mountain sheep, moose, waterfowl, bear and mountain lion that inhabit the Ogden Valley while enjoying the sweeping views. Pineview Reservoir is encircled by the Wasatch Mountains, providing an incredible backdrop, and all but eliminating wind from the water’s surface.