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Starvation Reservoir got its name from an old tale of a rancher who tried to graze cattle in the area, his cattle all starved to death. The land surrounding Starvation is Starvation Reservoircomposed of desert-like terrain, the typical subdued hues of white, brown and reds. Although, in the springtime the wildflowers can be quite beautiful.

Starvation is one of the best walleye fisheries in the state of Utah. Each year there is a walleye tournament held on the reservoir. Walleyes can be caught here year round, the reservoir is popular with ice fishermen in the winter. As the weather gets warmer the walleyes in the reservoir will turn on. This happens a bit later than some of the other walleye fisheries. After catching the springtime hot period at Willard, Deer Creek and others, come up to Starvation around June to catch them when they’re active.

Typical walleye techniques work well on this lake. Troll minnow imitating crankbaits, or drift bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses behind them. Small in-line planer boards can be helpful to get your offering away from the noise of the boat, and to allow more coverage. I use the “Off Shore Side Planer” these are sold as a left or right version. They are available at Basspro.com. They work very well and make a great strike indicator. Just watch your board until it is pulled backwards, grab the rod and bring 'em in.

Walleye aren’t the only species available in Starvation, you can also pursue Smallmouth Bass and Brown Trout. The bass have done very well in the reservoir because of its sandy/gravely nature. Fish jigs and plastics around gravely points and dropoffs.

There are plenty of places to camp at Starvation. The state park has two developed Mountain View Campgroundcampgrounds. Although, I’m not sure I’d camp in either one of them. Both the Mountain View and Beach campgrounds have sites that are absurdly close to each other. There is more pavement than grass in the Mountain View campground. But, both of these are more RV friendly than the other alternatives.

Indian BayThe best place to camp at Starvation is in one of the primitive camping areas. There are four different places you can camp, Indian Bay, Juniper Point, Knight Hollow, and Rabbit Gulch. These campgrounds afford much more privacy and shade than the two developed campgrounds. You can ease your Ease your boat up to the shore right next to your campsite. boat up to shore right next to your campsite. The area around the lake is very sandy, so beaches are prevalent. Children will have a ball playing in the sand.

To get to Starvation take Highway 40 East from I-80. Drive about 40 miles East of Strawberry and you will see the reservoir, Highway 40 has a bridge driving over the reservoir. If you are coming from the Salt Lake area it will take a little over two hours to get there. The small town of Duchesne is located a few miles East of the reservoir if you forgot any supplies.

Nearby Areas:

Strawberry Reservoir

Flaming Gorge

Dinosaur National Monument

Steinaker Reservoir

Red Fleet State Park

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