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Jordanelle State Park

Stunning views of Mount Timpanogos, the Uinta Mountains, and the Jordanelle Reservoir.

Jordanelle State Park is located in northeastern Utah and offers stunning views of Mount Timpanogos, the Uinta Mountains, and the Jordanelle Reservoir. Visitors to this park can enjoy a variety of activities including camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking and mountain biking. The reservoir offers some of the best boating and fishing in the area, with plenty of fish to catch. The trails offer scenic hikes through beautiful terrain, allowing hikers to experience the natural beauty of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

History

The Jordanelle Reservoir was started on June 27, 1987 and completed on April 12, 1993 when the U.S Bureau of Reclamation completed both the Jordanelle Dam and Reservoir. The purpose of this project was to provide irrigation water for agricultural purposes and flood control in Wasatch County, Utah. This was challenged by environmental groups and conservationists and because of this, an area at the foot of the dam was made into a wetland.

Originally the area surrounding the reservoir was undeveloped and wild, but it is now home to one of Utah’s most popular state parks. Jordanelle State Park opened on June 29, 1995 and has been a popular destination ever since.

Wildlife

The park is home to a variety of wildlife. Mule deer, moose, elk and beavers can all be found in the park and surrounding areas. The nearby Jordanelle Reservoir is also home to several species of fish such as rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon. Bald eagles, ospreys and other birds can be seen in the area.
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Geology

The area is home to some of Utah’s most impressive geologic features. The Uinta Mountains and Mount Timpanogos are visible from the park. These red sandstone cliffs, which were formed millions of years ago during the Jurassic period, have been carved out by wind and water over time. The area is also home to a variety of fossils, including dinosaur remains.

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Visitors to the park can take advantage of a variety of activities. Camping is available year-round, with RV and tent sites in both the main campground and the nearby Lakeside Campground. Picnicking areas are also available for visitors who want to enjoy a meal or snack outdoors. Fishing, boating and water skiing are popular activities on the reservoir, while hiking and mountain biking trails offer plenty of opportunities to explore the area.

Jordanelle State Park is a great place to visit for those looking for outdoor adventure. The scenery is breathtaking and activities abound. Whether it’s fishing on the lake or exploring the nearby trails, there’s something for everyone at Jordanelle State Park. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or just looking for a weekend getaway, Jordanelle State Park has something to offer everyone. So come explore the beauty of this park and experience all it has to offer!

lodging/camping

The state park has a number of camping and lodging options for visitors to choose from. Jordanelle State Park Campground offers a variety of sites, including RV sites and tent sites. If you want different lodging options, such as a hotel or motel, Park City, and Heber City, Utah have plenty of options to choose from if you don't want to stay in the state park.

No matter what type of lodging you choose, there's sure to be something to fit your budget and needs when visiting Jordanelle State Park.

dining

For those looking for a meal or snack while visiting the park, there are several options available. The nearby towns of Heber City, Utah and Park City, Utah have a variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from. If you're in the mood for something quick, there are also fast food and convenience stores nearby. For those camping at the park, there are grills and campfire rings available for cooking meals.

Fees/permits

For those only looking to stay in the park for an afternoon or evening, the day-use fees are $20 per person for the Hailstone and $15 for the Rock Cliff. For camping and the campground, it ranges from $30 to $300, depending on what you and your group want to do. For more information about fees and permits, visit the state park website for all the amounts for Jordanelle State Park in Heber City, Utah.

Pets

Pets are permitted in the park, but they must be kept on a leash at all times and owners must clean up after them. Pets are not allowed on hiking trails or in any of the park buildings, so it's best to plan ahead if you want to bring your pet with you.

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