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Jordanelle Reservoir


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Jordanelle Reservoir

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Last checked for updates: 2/23/2019

Current Conditions – Updated 2/19/19

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*Southwest boardwalk of Rock Cliff is closed due to water damage. Other areas at Rock Cliff are open.

Day-Use: OPEN. Day-Use will remain open throughout winter. Please be patient and respect snow removal operations. Restrooms will remain open at both the PWC and Main Ramp. The CXT pit toilets are also available in the day use area and will also remain open during the winter.

Surface: The north arm has frozen over. Please USE CAUTION! The ice in the marina is 12-15 inches thick. Rock Cliff has ice that is about 8-10″ thick. There is ice at the bottom of the PWC ramp so launching is not possible. This ice is only 5″ thick. Remember to check conditions before you go and always take a buddy!

Ice is Never 100% Safe! — Do not judge ice safety on thickness alone. Ice does not form or maintain a uniform thickness. Snow, wind, slush, temperature, and other factors can cause ice thickness and strength to vary greatly, even within inches. Recreate on the ice at your own risk and verify ice thickness as you head out. Click here to learn more ice safety tips.

Launch Ramps: Wedge docks have been removed for the season due to ice. The ice is thin at the PWC ramp and is not safe to walk on. A pile of snow has been plowed to the bottom of the PWC ramp to stop boaters from attempting to break the ice and launch to attempt to reach open water.

Campground: All campgrounds are closed. “Dry” camping (without hookups) is available in the marina parking lot for $16/night. The cabins are closed for winter. Sites 1-7 are OPEN at Rock Cliff for $10 per night; you will need to hike from the parking lot. Nightly transient boat slips rentals are closed for the season. The campground will be off-line for reservations for the winter. 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. Reservations will resume starting May 1, 2019.
Water Temp: 35 degrees
Water Level: 61.83%
Fishing Conditions Jordanelle Reservoir: Everything south of the personal watercraft (PWC) ramp is very thin ice and there is open water near the dam. Please do not venture out onto thin ice. It is extremely unsafe. Ice thickness is eight to ten inches north of the main ramp and 10 to 13 inches near Rock Cliff. Anglers are having best luck fishing in the morning at Rock Cliff. Try fishing the 20- to 40-foot water column in areas where vegetation or structure are present using Ratfinkee jigs, Ratso or Shrimpo jigs, Swedish Pimple, Lindy Rattl’n Flyer spoon or 1.5-inch white tube jigs. We recommend tipping jigs with wax worm, mealworm, nightcrawler or chub meat. (Last update 02-05-19)
Additional Fishing Info: Fish cleaning stations are closed for the winter. Click here for more information about the new fish species being stocked at Jordanelle.
Ice Thickness: 10-12″ At Rock Cliff, 8-10″ at the bottom of the main ramp, and 1-2″ at the PWC ramp. Always use caution!
Road Conditions: Please respect snow plow operations. Roads will be plowed as needed.
Other Information:
HAILSTONE: Fee area. Day use is $10/vehicle. $5 for Utah residents 62 and older. The lease docks are closed for winter. The Marina Store is closed. Park Office is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM, closed holidays. All campground is now closed. “Dry” camping (without hookups) is available in the marina parking lot for $16/night. The cabins are closed for winter. 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. Reservations can be made 4 months in advance of 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. Restrooms will remain open at both the PWC and Main Ramp. The CXT pit toilets are also available in the day use area and will also remain open during the winter.
ROCK CLIFF: Fee area. $7/vehicle. $4 for Utah residents 62 and older. Flooding from spring occurred on the south-west boardwalk. That area is closed. The Nature Center is now closed for the season. The boat ramp is out of the water. Launch at your own risk as it will be very muddy. Operating a motor vehicle off of the boat ramp is prohibited and you will get stuck! Hike-in camping (sites #1-7 only) are available for $20/night. The showers and restrooms are closed.t Porta-potties have been delivered for sue and are located in the parking lot. Group site reservations can be made 11 months in advance. 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. The Kokanee have finished spawning for the year. Remember, it is illegal to possess kokanee from Sept. 10 through November 30.
ROSS CREEK: Day Use fees are $7 per vehicle or $4 for Utah residents 62 years of age or older. There is a self-pay envelope station at the entrance. Remember dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. Dogs are a privilege, not a right. The trails are open to non-motorized use only. The new non-motorized boat ramp parking lot is now open.

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 fall time 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, it’s 30 days of dry time regardless of the time of year or professionally decontaminated before you launch at another water body. Please contact the park to make an appointment if you need to be professionally decontaminated just to make sure we are ready for you. We generally have staff available each day of the week from about 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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. 435-649-9540. Go to www.stdofthesea.com for more information.

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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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