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Jordanelle Reservoir

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Jordanelle Reservoir


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Last checked for updates: 10/20/2019

Current Conditions – Updated 10/9/19

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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. The Cove and Beach House restrooms are closed for the season.

Surface:  Please use extreme caution when boating. Watch out for floating debris!

Launch Ramps:  The courtesy docks will remain in place at the main ramp and the PWC ramp until mid-October. The Rock Cliff boat ramp is still in the water. The Ross Creek non-motorized boat ramp is out of the water. Remember, this is for non-motorized use only!

Campground: We have started closing down campgrounds for the season. See schedule below:
Keetley Hike-in will close on September 2.
McHenry A, B, & C will close on October 1.
Dutch Hollow will close on October 7.
The cabins will close on October 13.
Upper Fisher will close on October 15.
Wasatch will close on October 20.
Lower Fisher will close  on October 31.
Murdock will close on October 31.
McHenry D will close on October 31.
Camping is $30 per night for tents and $35 per night for RVs.
Camping at Rock Cliff is Closed until further notice due to the flooding.
Nightly transient boat slips rentals are now on reservations and walk-ins until October 14th.
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:  59 degrees
Water Level: 86.76%
Fishing Conditions Jordanelle Reservoir: The fishing is good. Anglers are catching 8- to 12-inch wiper, 8- to 16-inch smallmouth bass, 15- to 18-inch kokanee salmon, and 8- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Remember it is illegal to posess Kokanee from September 11 – November 30.
If you’re targeting 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 nickle/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.
If you’re targeting smallmouth, try using green/pumkin, watermelon/red, or smoke stick 3- to 5-inch soft plastic worms fished using a drop-shot rig, Texas rig, or Carolina rig, 3- to 4-inch soft plastic swimbaits using a weighted hook or jig head, or 1/4-ounce jig head tipped with night crawler or small dead shiner. For boat anglers, we reccomend casting toward and retreiving out from the shore. For shore anglers, we reccomend fan casting along the shore rather than casting straight in front of you. on a ned rig, texas rig, or weedless wacky rig.

If you’re targeting wiper, try using mussels, or white tube jig tipped with nightcrawler fished 24- to 36-inches below a bobber. Also, try using white or chartreuse 3/4-ounce bucktail jigs, 1/2-ounce blade spinnerbaits, bleeding shiner or nickel Heddon Super Spook Jr. lures, or black or frog white belly 2 1/2-inch Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug lures. Angler have also reported success vertical jigging from a boat using spoons tipped with nightcrawler or 1/4-ounce jig heads with 2 1/2- to 3-inch curly tail grubs.

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:  None
Road Conditions:  Please obey the speed limits in the park.
Other Information:   
HAILSTONE:  Fee area.  We are now on our off-season rates. Day use is $10/vehicle.  $5 for Utah residents 62 and older.  The courtesy docks are in at both ramps. The marina store is open from 8 AM – 6 PM. The cabins and campgrounds are open and available by reservation. Facilities will start closing as we approach the winter season (see above schedule). 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.
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.

ALERT: The Nature Center and campground at Rock Cliff are closed due to flooding. The boat ramp and trailhead will remain open. 

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.
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. The new non-motorized boat ramp parking lot is now open.
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.

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 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 are now limited on AIS staff.  If you need a decontamination during the week, please contact the park at 435-649-9540 to make an appointment. Decontaminations are being done on the weekends on a first-come, first-serve basis.  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. 

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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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