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Willard Bay State Park

From boating and fishing to swimming and camping

Willard Bay State Park in Willard, Utah is a popular recreation area located in the northwestern corner of Utah. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy, from boating and fishing to swimming and camping. Located on the northern end of the Great Salt Lake, Willard Bay State Park has something for everyone.

The centerpiece of the park is its namesake, Willard Bay. This freshwater lake spans more than 9,900 acres and offers an array of recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy fishing for bass and bluegill, as well as water skiing or simply soaking in the sun from a boat, inner tube or kayak. The bay also has two marinas that provide slips and launch ramps for visitors to access the lake.

The park also features plenty of camping options, from primitive tent sites to full-hookup RV sites. Campers have the choice of staying at one of three developed campgrounds or in a designated dispersed camping area. The campgrounds offer amenities such as restroom and shower facilities, picnic tables, fire pits and playgrounds. The park's campgrounds are open seasonally from April through October.

With stunning scenery and a wide range of recreational activities, Willard Bay State Park is a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts visiting northern Utah. Whether you want to enjoy boating and fishing on the bay, relax while camping under the stars or explore the scenic trails, Willard Bay State Park offers natural beauty and adventure for all visitors.

History

Willard Bay State Park was created in 1966. The freshwater lake was formed by an earthen dam on Bear River to provide irrigation water. The Utah State Parks system acquired the land surrounding the lake in 1964 and developed the area into a state park. The park has grown in popularity as the nearby city of Ogden and its suburbs have expanded. Today, Willard Bay State Park receives more than 200,000 visitors annually.

Wildlife

Willard Bay State Park in Willard, Utah is home to a variety of wildlife. Birdwatchers may spot bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons and pelicans. Mammals such as mule deer, porcupines and beavers inhabit the park. Reptiles like garter snakes and western rattlesnakes can also be found in the area. The lake contains largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie, providing fishing opportunities for anglers.

Geology

Willard Bay State Park sits on the shores of Willard Bay, a freshwater lake that was formed by damming Bear River. The park is located on the northwestern edge of the Great Salt Lake desert. The area's geology is characterized by flat terrain and soils made up of clay, silt and sand. The nearby Wellsville Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to the park.

Planning a trip to Willard Bay State Park

When planning a trip to Willard Bay State Park, be aware that the park is open for day use and camping from 6 AM to 10 PM from April through October. The park is closed to all public use from November through March. An entrance fee is charged for day use and camping. The park recommends reserving campsites in advance, especially for holiday weekends. The park's website contains additional information to help you plan your visit.

lodging/camping

Willard Bay State Park offers nine campgrounds that range from developed to primitive for both tents and RVs. The park also has designated dispersed camping areas for visitors who prefer a more primitive camping experience. Drinking water, restrooms and showers are available at the developed campgrounds. A dump station is provided for RVs. Campsites can accommodate up to eight people and two vehicles.

If you want a more luxurious stay, Willard, Utah and Ogden, Utah have plenty of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts that you can choose from.

dining

If you want to find the best restaurants in the area, nearby Willard, Utah and Ogden, Utah offer many dining options for park visitors, including fast food, family restaurants and upscale dining. Local specialties include fresh seafood, Utah beef and locally-grown produce.

Fees/permits

Day-use fees for Willard Bay State Park are $10 per vehicle for every day of the week. For camping and the campground, the prices depend on what sort of campsite you and your group want. During the winter, the campsite is closed so there won't be any fees to find for all the campsites. For more information about permits and fees, visit the state park website for all amounts for Willard Bay State Park.

Pets

Pets are allowed in Willard Bay State Park but must be on a leash at all times. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets are not allowed in the swimming areas, playgrounds, campgrounds or other developed recreation areas.

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