Camping: Utah Lake State Park
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Utah Lake State Park is situated on the shore of the state’s largest
freshwater lake. The lake covers 96,600 acres, although low the last few
years the lake is now full. The lake isn’t very deep, averaging 10 feet in
There are many activities to do on the lake, fishing being one of the most
popular. There are a number of species in Utah Lake. Catfish and Walleye
are the most frequently pursued versions of fish. Walleye can be caught all
season long, although spring and fall are the most productive times.
Throwing jigs or crankbaits around Lincoln Beach, Bird Island or the Geneva
Bubble-Up is the best way to fill your creel with these delicious fish.
Tube jigs, or small whistler jigs tipped with dead minnows both work well,
as do trolling Wally Divers behind planer boards. Be sure and check out
Basspro.com for their selection of lures.
There have been some rather large catfish taken out of Utah Lake. Night
fishing can often be quite productive. Catfish can be caught all over the
lake, find someplace with some weeds or likely looking cover. Throw out a
pungent bait like shrimp, carp meat, or some type of processed stink bait.
If you don’t catch fish soon move to a new spot, keeping mobile isn’t a bad
tactic when looking for big catfish. Don’t spend any more than ½ hour at a
Bullheads, Bluegill, and White Bass are also caught in the lake, these can
all be found near weedbeds. Throw out worms or small jigs tipped with
worms. If you aren’t catching them off the bottom, try under a bobber or
The state park has several very nice boat ramps, the marina has plenty of
places to tie off while you park the truck. Personal watercraft and other
boating accessories can be rented at the marina as well, call 465-4741 to
reserve them in advance. There are many picnic areas available as well, as
opposed to the campsites the picnic areas are nicely shaded and well spaced.
Day use for the park is $9.00, this is for picnicking or launching a boat.
The Lakeshore campground has 54 sites, pretty much none with any natural
shade. With the absence of any real shade most of the campsites have an
awning. This lack of natural cover also ensures that there is no privacy to
any of the sites, you will get to know your neighbors. Regardless, the
sites are all nicely maintained and the bathrooms are nearby and clean.
Each site features a picnic table, fire ring and grill. During the peak
summertime season, reservations are recommended. Single sites are $17.00
per night, with a $7.00 reservation fee.
The Provo River Trail is nearby as well, this paved trail is a nice diversion for folks looking to bicycle, hike or just plain old stroll along the river.
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