Written by Brandon Breach • Last Updated May 19, 2023
#1 Tibble Fork Reservoir
Tibble Fork is more than just a lake. It's equipped with a restroom, an information booth manned by the forest service, a sandy beach for lounging, and a specialized kayak launch ramp - ideal for setting off on your SUP or kayak adventure, or even for a spontaneous dip.
However, the lake's popularity, combined with its compact size, often makes it a busy spot, particularly on weekends. If you're looking for a quieter retreat, don't worry - just drive up the dirt road north of the parking lot to Silver Lake Flat Reservoir. This hidden gem may be a tad smaller and requires a short detour along a dirt road, but its secluded location means it's often overlooked, making it a peaceful hideaway.
Silver Lake Flat, while lacking amenities, makes up for it with its prolific fish life - it's an angler's paradise, teeming with Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Brook Trout. Although all you'll find here is a gravel parking lot and a small dock, the serene views and tranquil atmosphere make the extra 10-minute drive well worth it.
#2 Causey Reservoir
The reservoir is a real bargain, as it's free of day and parking fees. However, parking spaces along the road can fill up quickly, so an early start is advised. It's a pet-friendly destination, with many visitors bringing along their four-legged companions. For those looking to extend their visit, Causey offers plenty of car camping and hike-in camping spots. Plus, you'll find hiking trails suitable for varying skill levels, and an abundance of fish including Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, and Cutthroat Trout.
Amenities Include: Car camping options, public restrooms, diverse hiking trails, and cliff jumping opportunities.
Tip: Parking can be tight, so it's best to arrive early. The area is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your canine companion. If you're an angler, don't forget your fishing gear - the reservoir is teeming with diverse fish species!
#3 Jordanelle Reservoir
The reservoir creates a consistent, small wave environment perfect for intermediate SUP boarders thanks to a steady stream of boating and wave runner activities. At the same time, the expansive water surface also provides ample space for beginners to practice their balance. In addition, a courtesy dock is available during the summer months to facilitate easy launching for sailboats, kayaks, and paddleboards.
We at STAGE have a particular fondness for Jordanelle due to its strategic location close to Park City, Heber, and Salt Lake City. In addition, it's one of the largest and nearest paddleboard locations to our base in Sandy, Utah. So if you're an adventurer planning a weekend escape or a sunny day trip, Jordanelle is your go-to spot.
Amenities Include: Restrooms with showers, a parking lot, a park office, an entrance station, a boat ramp, concessions, dry storage, covered boat storage, and a dump station.
Aim to arrive early, and bring a towel and umbrella for beach use.
If available, seize one of the pavilions equipped with built-in BBQs.
Remember, weekday visits can save you money as compared to weekends!
#4 Pineview Reservoir
Pineview caters to visitors with three large swimming areas, complete with sandy beaches and plentiful day-use spaces. The reservoir provides convenient water access points in all four directions, enhancing its user-friendly appeal. Anglers will relish the chance to catch Blue Ribbon Trophy Tiger Muskie, a challenging species that is a much-coveted catch.
Weber county kindly reminds all explorers to be responsible for their waste, ensuring they pick up all trash and recycling. Please note that as of mid-June 2017, alcohol is no longer permitted.
Amenities Include: Three paved launch ramps, modern campgrounds, and contemporary lodging options.
Tip: Free beaches are available before Cemetery Point, perfect for a budget-friendly day trip. Be sure to arrive early to secure your spot on these popular sands.
#5 East Canyon Reservoir
Spanning a square mile, East Canyon State Park's reservoir is a fantastic playground for paddleboarders of all skill levels. With its impressive range of activities – from exceptional fishing and camping to Yurt and Cabin services, and historically significant trails – East Canyon is a dynamic playground in Northern Utah. You can even catch a glimpse of the remnants of a Mormon-built stronghold, Fort Wells.
We cherish East Canyon for its beautiful, winding canyon drive and its close proximity to Salt Lake City. The calm waters perfectly cater to our needs, the wildlife is abundant, and the area's rich history adds an extra dash of intrigue.
Amenities Include: Restrooms with showers, parking lot, dump station, entrance station, boat ramp, concession, and dry storage.
Tip: East Canyon tends to get crowded fast, so booking a campground in advance or arriving early is recommended to secure a good spot! The water can be chilly, so remember to pack a towel for drying off after your aquatic adventures!
#6 Willard Bay Reservoir
Willard Bay, with its wide sandy beaches, covered pavilions, and expansive 10,000-acre water surface, forms a vast playground for groups of varying sizes and skill levels. It's a hot spot for fishing in Northern Utah, with a rich variety of catfish, crappie, and smallmouth bass. The bay's allure attracts over 200,000 visitors each year.
For anyone seeking a scenic adventure in Utah, Willard Bay is an essential visit. We at STAGE are particularly fond of it due to its proximity to the historic city of Ogden and the stunning views from its warm waters. The bay's location makes it an ideal retreat to escape the summer heat.
Amenities Include: A dump station, restrooms with showers, a parking lot, a boat ramp, dry storage, a concession stand, a fish cleaning station, and an entrance station.
Tip: Before you head to the bay, ensure your boat is mussel-free and carry proof of this. Failing to do so may prevent you from launching your boat into the water!
#7 Highland Glen Park
Highland Glen Park is an excellent choice for those wanting to take a few hours out of their day for a refreshing dip in the water and a family outing in the sun. Beginners and novices will find this tranquil spot particularly inviting. We at STAGE recommend this pond for a serene day of fishing off the pier.
Amenities Include: Restrooms, picnic areas, and a fishing pier.
Tip: Highland Glen is a terrific choice for a day trip, particularly for introducing young ones to the art of fishing. Fishers often report a flurry of bites!
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