Along the banks of Deer Creek Reservoir in Deer Creek State Park, Sailboat Beach and Day Use Area offers visitors and campers a summer getaway and launch point for water sports on a 3,000 surface acre reservoir a half hour from Provo and an hour from Salt Lake City. Under the looming presence of Mount Timpanogos, incredible views abound. The beach itself, although it consists of large-grain gravel that is not the most comfortable for lounging, is long and broad, and it allows for vehicle access right to the water line.
The day use area adjacent to the beach offers a broad public boat ramp with a day use marina for temporary moorage. Fishers have convenient access to a cleaning station adjacent to the boat ramp. Deer Creek Reservoir is stocked annually and also has large natural populations of rainbow and brown trout, large and smallmouth bass, walleye, and yellow perch. Services nearby the park also offer convenient boat rentals and kiteboarding lessons.
The beach and day use area is sparsely vegetated, and while sun exposure is part of the point at a beach, there are covered picnic cabanas above the shoreline near the parking lot, some with barbecues.
With enough to offer virtually any type of water sportsperson, Sailboat Beach and Day Use Area is a great layover for visitors along the Alpine Highway or staging point for overnight campers.
Note: Sailboat Beach and Day Use Area is 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.