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.
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.