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Jordanelle Reservoir

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Jordanelle Reservoir


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Last checked for updates: 10/17/2018

Current Conditions – Updated 10/14/18

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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. There is some minor construction going on around the park so use caution. Marina Store is open. The Aqua X Zone is closed for the season. Floating Campground is CLOSED. All restrooms are open.

Surface: OPEN.

Launch Ramp: The courtesy dock is in at the main ramp and PWC ramp. Restrooms are open at the main ramp and PWC ramp and CXT pit toilets are available in the day use area.

Campground: Upper Fisher, Lower Fisher, Dutch Hollow, and Murdock RV campgrounds are open with restrooms and showers. Cost is $30 per night for RVs. McHenry Loopd D will remain open for tent camping $25 per night for tents until November 1. The cabins are open. Sites 1-7 are OPEN at Rock Cliff for $20 per night; you will need to hike from the parking lot. Nightly transient boat slips rentals are closed for the season. 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.
Water Temp: 54 degrees
Water Level: 65.57%
Fishing Conditions: Jordanelle Reservoir: Recreational traffic has finally begun to subside. Anglers are catching smallmouth bass, 16- to 18-inch rainbow trout, 12- to 13-inch wipers, six-inch perch, and 16-inch brown trout. For trout, try trolling at 1.5 to 2.0 mph in about 20 to 25 feet with the lures sent back 100 feet using silver, pink or chartreuse D&H Custom Lures spoons. If you are using downriggers, send the lures back 70 feet and suspend the lure in eight to 12 feet of water using Christenson’s Lakeshore Tackle pink or cotton candy squids with a neutral dodger tipped with a Berkley Gulp! Maggot. For wipers, try using 1/16-ounce, neon-colored jighead tipped with a 1/2-inch of nightcrawler or one-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnow, and slowly jig one to two feet off the bottom. Remember: you may not possess kokanee salmon through November 30. (09-21-18)
Additional Fishing Info: Fish cleaning stations are open. Click here for more information about the new fish species being stocked at Jordanelle.
Ice Thickness: None
Road Conditions: Roads are clear.
Other Information:
HAILSTONE: Fee area. Day use is $10/vehicle. $5 for Utah residents 62 and older. The lease docks are open. The Marina Store is open. Park Office is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM, closed holidays. All RV campgrounds are open with power and water for $30/night. McHenry tent campground is open. Restrooms with showers are open. Cabins are open. Dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. Dogs are NOT allowed in or around the cabins and on the public beach. 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. Day use restrooms are open.
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. Hike-in camping (sites #1-7 only) are available for $20/night. The showers and restrooms are open. 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. The Kokanee are spawning. This is a great time to view them, but please do not disturb them. Also, it’s 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 that dogs must be leashed and picked up after at all times. The trails are open to non-motorized use only. There is some construction on a new non-motorized trailhead and non-motorized ramp there. Construction should be completed by late fall.

You must self-decontaminate for Aquatic Invasive Species/mussels if you have been to a 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 9:00AM to 5:00PM. 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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