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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


LC Williams

Sunday, July 29, 2018
If you're willing to wait in line at the busy ramp, Deer Creek is a great reservoir for boating. It's sometimes a good spot for fishing, too. On much of the lake, boaters have a lovely view of the mountains, not the freeway. It's also a relatively short, scenic drive from SLC up Provo Canyon. You can even make a stop at the impressive Bridal Falls waterfall. (Be aware of hiking dangers. Rocks are often invisibly slick.)

Greg Whelan

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018
We go to Deer Creek for the fishing, and we never go home empty handed. Yesterday we hit our limited with some good size trout, 15 to 19 inches. The Perch were also biting really good. Deer Creek has a nice fish cleaning station with cutting boards, running water, and disposal. Strong wind in the afternoon can be challenging for small fishing boats, and sometimes the boat traffic can be annoying.

Marie Anderson

Monday, July 2, 2018
Great place to take the boat! We didn't find any beaches to spend time on, just a little grassy area, which was okay because our day was spent on the boat. On the Friday we were there it was a little busy, but I'm sure on the weekend this place could get crazy busy. Be warned...not dogs! We brought our pup a time or two ago and had to go on over to Jordanelle.

Leander Obregon

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Beautiful 60 degree weather on this July morning. Lots of park benches with covers. Would be nice if people cleaned up the trash after themselves in the drop off fishing areas. Expect steep walkways to reach the water. Fishing has to be done very early (like before 8am) before the boaters arrive.

Kelv Cutler

Saturday, June 9, 2018
First time going and it was great. It's early June and the weather was nice. The water was just a bit cold, but nice and mostly smooth. The guys I was with said it was less busy than usual. Not the prettiest vegetation, but still near to be up in the mountains.

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