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Jordanelle Reservoir

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Jordanelle Reservoir


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Last checked for updates: 4/27/2020

Current Conditions – Updated 4/23/2020

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Day-Use: OPEN. The day-use area is open as well as the restrooms at both the PWC and Main Ramp. CXT pit toilets are also available in the day-use area. The Cove and Beach House restrooms are closed until May.

Surface: Please use extreme caution when boating. Watch out for floating debris! The runoff has begun and rising water can mean more debris in the water.

Launch Ramps: The courtesy docks at the main ramp and PWC ramp are in for the season. The Rock Cliff boat ramp is in the water and ice-free. The Ross Creek non-motorized boat ramp remains out of the water. Remember, this is for non-motorized use only!

Campground: Murdock and Lower Fisher campgrounds are open to Wasatch County Residents ONLY. Camping is first-come, first-serve. You may pay by envelope or using the automated credit card machine at the gate. RV camping is $35/night and tent camping is $30/night. Extra Vehicles are $15/vehicle/night. Murdock Camp Services Restroom is open. Reservations will start again on May 1, 2020.

Camping at Rock Cliff is closed until further notice due to the flooding.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-322-3770 or clicking on the “Reservations” link on the top right of this page. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance of your arrival and up to 4 months in advance. All reservable sites are on reservations from May 1 – October 31.

Water Temp: 50 degrees

Water Level: 85.85 %

Ice Conditions: Reservoir is ICE FREE!

Fishing Conditions Jordanelle Reservoir: If you’re fishing from shore, try using garlic/chartreuse, pink, or yellow/corn trout dough bait, or nightcrawler with a garlic-scented marshmallow fished 12 to 18 inches off the bottom, fished 36 to 48 inches below a bobber, or 3 to 4 feet behind a casting bubble. We recommend filling the bubble completely with water to allow your bait to fish the entire water column. Also, try using silver or smelt colored Rapala Balsa Xtreme Swimmer, black/brass Berkley Flicker Minnow, gold Rapala Original Floating Minnow, gold Jakes Spin-A-Lures, or streamers such as wooly buggers and leeches behind a casting bubbler.

Additional Fishing Info: Fish cleaning stations are OPEN. Click here for more information about the new fish species being stocked at Jordanelle. For fish stocking reports Click Here.

Road Conditions: Please obey the speed limits in the park.


Fee area. We are currently on our off-season rates. Day use is $10/vehicle, $5 for Utah Residents 62 and older. The wedge docks are installed at the main ramp and PWC ramp. The marina store is closed and will re-open mid-April. Reservations can be made 4 months in advance to your arrival date by calling 1-800-322-3770 or online. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Group site reservations can be made 11 months in advance.

Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. Remember dogs are a privilege, not a right. Dogs are NOT allowed in or around the cabins and on the public beach. For more information about Service Dogs, please contact park staff.


Fee area. $10/vehicle. $5 for Utah residents 62 and older. Flooding from spring occurred on the south-west boardwalk. That area is closed. The Nature Center will open Memorial Day weekend and will be open Fridays 12-5, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 9-5.

Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. Dogs are NOT allowed on the south side of the main road. Remember dogs are a privilege, not a right. For more information about Service Dogs, please contact park staff.


Fee area. $10/vehicle. $5 for Utah residents 62 and older. There is a self-pay envelope station located at the trailhead and the non-motorized boat ramp parking lot. The Ross Creek non-motorized boat ramp is out of the water. Remember, this is for non-motorized use only!

Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. Remember dogs are a privilege, not a right. For more information about Service Dogs, please contact park staff.

You must self-decontaminate for Aquatic Invasive Species/mussels if you have been to contaminated water including Lake Powell. You must be dry for 18 days in the spring for simple boats like sailboats and non-motorized vessels (ex. paddle boards) or be professionally decontaminated before you launch at another water body. If you have a more complex boat with ballast tanks or in/outboard motors with unverified water, 30 days of dry time is required regardless of the time of year, or professional decontamination must be completed before you launch at another body of water.

Our decontamination station has been winterized for the season. If you need decontamination, please contact the DWR Central Utah Office at 435-503-4066 to make an appointment. If you have been to Lake Powell and your boat has ballast tanks, you must be decontaminated regardless of the time the boat has been out of the water. This is due to the major infestation at Powell. Mussels are appearing on boats that are there less than a week.

Go to www.stdofthesea.com for more information.

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Check out the “Park Events” section of this website for a list of current events and activities including info on boat slips and dry storage.

Jordanelle Reservoir is one of Utah's most famous waters, and is known as a trophy Smallmouth Bass fishery. It also has some real trophy sized a href='../utahfish/browntrout.php'>Brown Trout and some big Largemouth Bass as well. The perch fishing at Jordanelle is also very fast. The DWR recently increased the limit on perch at this reservoir from the statewide 20 fish to 50 fish for Jordanelle.

Jordanelle also provides a great trout fishery as well. The lake is home to several species of trout, including the native Cutthroat Trout, the a href='../utahfish/rainbowtrout.php'>Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.

Jordanelle is located between Park City and Heber valleys, near Kamas, Utah in Wasatch County. It is a beautiful lake set around the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. If you go, you'll enjoy a great lake for fishing as well as many other aquatic activities. There are 2 main areas, both Utah State Parks. One is the Hailstone Marina, on the north end of the reservoir. The other is the Rock Cliff Recreational Area, located on the East side where the Provo River enters the reservoir.

Jordanelle Brown Trout
A nice Brown Trout caught at Jordanelle in April 2006

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