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Wallsburg - Deer Creek State Park


Deer Creek State Park is easily accessible from the Wasatch Front; within one-half hour from Provo and an hour from Salt Lake City. The reservoir and park are extremely popular for recreation and camping. Major park activities are water-based and include boating, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, and fishing.

Deer Creek Reservoir is the principle feature of the Provo River Project and was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in the late 1930s. Because of desperate water shortages along the Wasatch Front, the reservoir was approved by congress in 1935. Construction started in the spring of 1938 and was finished 17 years later in 1955, although water was available for use as early as 1941. Under contract with the BOR, the Provo River Water Users Association agreed to repay the construction costs of the project as well as operate and maintain the facilities. Under early administration of the reservoir, water sports were prohibited on the lake and it was used primarily for fishing. In January 1971, a cooperative agreement was signed delegating the division of Parks and Recreation the responsibility for the administration, development and operation of recreational use on the reservoir and adjoining state lands. Deer Creek State Park was established, and at this time the parks board opened the lake to other recreational uses and programmed expenditures for capital improvements.

The reservoir is approximately six miles long with a maximum surface area of 2,965 acres, a mean depth of 65 feet (maximum depth of 137 feet), and offers 18 miles of shoreline. Deer Creek Reservoir stores water from the Provo River, as well as surplus water from both the Weber and Duchesne rivers. The water is used as supplemental irrigation water and provides municipal and industrial water service for the metropolitan water districts of Salt Lake, Provo, Orem, Pleasant Grove, Lindon, American Fork and Lehi.

Opened to the public as a state park in 1971.

Park Elevation: 5,400 feet


Annette Bergstrom

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
It is a lake and not so much what you would consider a park. They do have rentals for boats and other things. It's a great place to go fishing that's why I go. I just wish it didn't cost so much to get into we're supposed to be State Park. But it's beautiful and can be serene.


Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Deer Creek Trail goes the length of the lake. 7.5 miles along the north shore. Access from the dam on the west or near Soldier Hollow Chalet on the east. It is a semi gravel trail that is plenty wide. Good for bikes, horses and foot. Leave your dog at home as they are not allowed. Mile markers let you know where you are at.

Adam Keys

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Great fun place to go boating. Weekdays are much better, as weekends are swamped. It can easily take you over an hour to launch the boat, and sometimes even longer to retrieve. The lake won't be under quarantine starting in 2018, which will make it even better retrieving the boat.

Angel Peck

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
I stumbled upon this park on my way across the country during a road trip. They have a wonderful beach and in water inflatable activity gym. The cost was 10 $ for me for the day, but I could go to other parks in the area at no additional cost. I ended up staying till sunset, which was breath-takingly beautiful

Demian Cayenne

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Such a beautiful place! Great State Park facilities. Wonderful beaches!

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