Robert D. Young, a leader in the LDS Church, homesteaded Piute Reservoir in 1908. His cabin was located at the site of modern-day Piute State Park. The reservoir soon became popular with anglers who flocked to its unspoiled waters for trout fishing.
Piute State Park is located in central Utah's Sevier County near the town of Circleville. The park was established in 1963 when the Division of Wildlife Resources leased the area from private landowners. It was named after a native American tribe that once lived in the area known as "Piutes". The park was created to provide public recreational opportunities, preserve the area's natural beauty and protect the wildlife habitat.
Piute State Park is home to a variety of wildlife species. Mule deer, elk, coyote, bobcat, grouse, and pronghorn antelope can be spotted in the park. The lake provides an ideal habitat for many waterfowl such as mallard ducks, Canada geese and bald eagles. In addition, numerous bird species can be seen throughout the park.
The area around Piute State Park is filled with fascinating and unique geological features. The reservoir itself was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. The park surrounding topography also features rugged canyons, sandstone cliffs, springs, creeks and lava fields.