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Utah Lake State Park

4400 W Center St, Provo, Utah 84601 USA

  • Pet Friendly
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“escape to the lake!”

Utah's largest freshwater lake provides fishing access for channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass, and several species of panfish. Spend an evening RV or tent camping, then powerboat, canoe, or sail the day away on Utah Lake. Utah Lake is unique in that it is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the West and yet it lies in an arid area that receives only about 15 inches of rainfall a year. The mouth of the Provo River, where it empties into Utah Lake, was undoubtedly a very popular camping place for the early inhabitants of Utah Valley.In fall 1776, the Dominguez - Escalante party traversed Spanish Fork Canyon and on September 21, climbed a small hill near its mouth and looked down upon the large lake situated in a vast valley. One member of that party, Bernardo Y. Pacheco, reported to his king, "This place is the most pleasant, beautiful and fertile in all New Spain." From the time of Escalante's exploration until the early part of the nineteenth century, no accurate records revealing further travel to Utah Lake are available.A thriving market for furs brought another breed of men into Utah Valley, the mountain men. Some who visited near the lake were Peter Skeen Ogden, Osborne Russell, Daniel T. Potts, Jim Bridger and Jedediah Strong Smith. Smith, who in a letter written in 1827, became one of the first men to mention Utah as the name of the lake. In 1844 and 1845, JohnC. Fremont visited the lake.Local leaders, especially boaters, had been interested in construction of a facility on the lake that would permit them to launch boats year round. In 1933, an application requesting the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps was made and a marina was completed within a few years. Upon completion, Provo City began constructing shoreline picnic and camp facilities.Opened to the public as a state park in 1970. Park Elevation: 4,500 feet

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Reviewed by
Waggoners

  • 4 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 02, 2014

The facilities were nice. Our wonky complaint was that there were an absurd amount of mosquitos. I'll try to post a picture of how many were on our table around our lantern.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
andibradshaw

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 19, 2018

Check the water conditions before going. My kids were disappointed because the lake is in the middle of a toxic algae bloom. The swimming area looked nice with lots of picnic tables and access to the water, however it doesn’t have a very nice play structure. What is there is small and old. namely a very hot metal slide. overall we were unpleased with our experience there. you also have to pay to get in.

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Utah Lake State Park

4400 W Center St
Provo, Utah
84601 USA

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  • Pet Friendly
  • 54 Camp Sites
  • Pull Through
  • Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Showers
  • Paved Sites
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