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Jordanelle Reservoir

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Jordanelle Reservoir


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Last checked for updates: 6/3/2019

Current Conditions – Updated 5/28/19

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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. The day-Use is open as well as the restrooms at both the PWC and Main Ramp. The CXT pit toilets are also available in the day use area.

Surface: The runoff has started and the debris is everywhere in the water. Please use extreme caution when boating. Watch out for floating debris!

Launch Ramps: The courtesy docks have been installed at the main ramp and the PWC ramp. The Rock Cliff boat ramp is now in the water. South of the peninsula to the dam is also free of ice. The Ross Creek non-motorized boat ramp is open for use. Remember, this is for non-motorized use only!

Campground: All of the campgrounds are now open for the season. Camping is $30 per night for tents and $35 per night for RVs. Reservations started May 1st. The cabins are open for the season. We are expecting 2 new cabins this year and will update when they arrive.
Sites 1-7 are OPEN at Rock Cliff for $25 per night; you will need to hike from the parking lot. Nightly transient boat slips rentals are now on reservations and walk-ins.
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: 45 degrees
Water Level: 76.01%
Fishing Conditions Jordanelle Reservoir: Catch rates vary but are good overall for shore and boat anglers. Anglers are catching 16- to 20-inch brown trout, 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout, 10- to 14-inch smallmouth bass, and 16- to 18-inch kokanee salmon. For trout, try using 2 5/8-inch silver or hammered gold/silver Williams Wabler spoons, 1/2-ounce nickel/chartreuse or gold/fluorescent red Acme K.O. Wobbler spoons, 1/4- to 3/8-ounce silver shiner or black chartreuse candy Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, or 1/4- to 1/2-ounce nickel/blue or nickel/chartreuse Acme Kastmaster lures. Also, try using garlic/chartreuse PowerBait or night crawler with a marshmallow fished 18- to 24-inches off the bottom using a fixed or slip sinker rig or night crawler or mealworm fished 20- to 30-inches below a bobber. For smallmouth, try using green/pumpkin, watermelon/red, or smoke stick baits on a ned rig, Texas rig, or weedless wacky rig. Anglers have reported success around both Hailstone and personal water craft (PWC) boat ramps. For kokanee, target areas closer to the dam, trolling at 1.2- to 1.8-mph. Anglers report success running downriggers at a depth 22- to 25-feet using a four-inch dodger or flasher and a squid of any color on a 15- to 30-inch leader, tipping the squids with pink or natural white Berkley Gulp Maggots. (May 20, 2019)
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: Ice-free!
Road Conditions: Roads are clear. Please obey the speed limits in the park.
Other Information:
HAILSTONE: Fee area. Day use is $15/vehicle. $10 for Utah residents 62 and older. The courtesy docks are in at both ramps. The marina store is now open on weekends and will be open 7 days a week starting Memorial weekend. All campgrounds and the cabins are open and on reservations. 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.
ROCK CLIFF: 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. The water has reached the boat ramp and the lake level is rising fast. Hike-in camping (sites #1-7 only) are available for $25/night and are on reservations. The restrooms and fish cleaning station are now 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. Remember dogs are a privilege, not a right. For more information about Service Dogs, please contact park staff.
ROSS CREEK: Day Use fees are $10 per vehicle or $5 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. Citations are being issued for violations. 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 7 days in the summer 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.

We now AIS staff around 7 days a week for decontaminations. Please contact the park to make an appointment if you need to be professionally decontaminated. 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.

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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.

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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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