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Jordanelle Reservoir


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Jordanelle Reservoir

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Last checked for updates: 9/17/2020

Current Conditions – Updated 9/9/2020

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Day-Use: OPEN. The day-use area is open. All restrooms in the day-use area are open. CXT pit toilets are also available in the day-use area. The group day-use pavilions (Sand, Cove, Beach) are closed until June 1 at this time. All playgrounds in the park are closed. Day-use cabanas are also available for reservation for $40/day. If a day-use cabana is not marked as reserved, it is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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. The Ross Creek non-motorized boat ramp remains out of the water. Remember, this is for non-motorized use only!

Campground: Campgrounds are open. Camping is by reservation only. You can call Reserve America at 800-322-3770 or click here to make a reservation. Reservations must be made 48 hours prior to arrival. RV camping is $35/night and tent camping is $30/night. Extra Vehicles are $15/vehicle/night. The Keetley hike-in campground is closed for the season.

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: 65 degrees

Water Level: 80.70%

Fishing Conditions Jordanelle Reservoir: As of 9/4/2020, the reservoir is at 81-percent full. Boat and shore anglers report catching Smallmouth Bass.
Motorized boats are advised to launch at the Hailstone boat ramp. Non-motorized boats such as kayaks, canoes, and Stand-Up Paddleboards are still able to launch from the Rock Cliff boat ramp.
Public recreation and boating traffic fluctuates but remains high on the weekends. We encourage anglers to fish mornings and later evenings for better success.
If you’re targeting trout, try using a piece of nightcrawler fished 3- to 5-feet below a bobber, or nightcrawler with a garlic-scented marshmallow fished 12- to 24-inches off the bottom, or a piece of nightcrawler or a pinch of garlic-scented trout dough bait fished 3- to 4-feet behind a casting bubble – filling the bubble completely with water to allow your bait to slowly fish the entire water column as it sinks. Also, try using inline spinners like gold bladed Panther Martin Classic, Blue Fox Vibrax Wildeye, Mepps Black Fury, Mepps Aglia-Long Dressed, or Luhr Jensen Bang Tailed spinner.
If you’re targeting bass, try using 3- to 5-inch stick/wacky soft baits, or craw/creature soft baits fished using a finesse rig such as a Ned Rig, Texas rig, Carolina Rig, Neko Rig, or Wacky Rig.
Brightly colored spinnerbaits, crankbaits, top-water poppers and crayfish fly patterns are also effective.

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.

HAILSTONE:

Fee area. We are currently on our peak-season rates. Day use is $20/vehicle, $10 for Utah Residents 65 and older. The courtesy docks are installed at the main ramp and PWC ramp. The marina store is open Monday-Friday from 9-5 and Saturday-Sunday from 8-6. 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.

ROCK CLIFF:

Fee area. $10/vehicle. $5 for Utah residents 62 and older. The boardwalk, Nature Center, and campground are currently closed due to the damage caused by flooding. You can still access the Three Rocks Trail, and the trailhead/boat ramp.

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.

ROSS CREEK:

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 is now open. If you need decontamination, please contact the park office at 435-649-9540 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.

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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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