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JORDANELLE STATE PARK — Located about 6 miles north of Heber City, Jordanelle State Park offers a host of different activities ranging from flyboarding to camping.
The construction of the Jordanelle Dam and Reservoir began in 1987 and was completed in 1993, according to park manager Laurie Backus. The area was dedicated as a state park in 1995 and is one of the largest state parks in Utah. As such, there is a variety of activities available at the park. Here are a few you can do this summer and fall:
Jordanelle Reservoir has around 320,000 acre feet, making it a great place for water recreation. Rocky Mountain Flyboard is one of the park concessionaires and offers flyboarding lessons and rents the equipment. Other concessionaires rent paddle boards, kayaks, water trampolines, pontoon boats and wakeboard boats for anyone wanting to spend a fun day on the lake.
Jordanelle Reservoir currently has three boat ramps, one of which is for personal watercraft and non-motorized boats. The park has plans to construct a fourth boat ramp at the north end of the lake near Ross Creek, Backus said.
Jordanelle Reservoir is stocked annually by the Division of Wildlife Resources and has a variety of fish including brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and perch. Backus said DWR has recently performed several on-site surveys and has plans to improve the fishery.
Anglers can use motorized boats on the reservoir or fish along the shoreline. Ice fishing is also very popular in the winter and people have caught "monster" fish during the annual Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon, Backus said.
Visitors to the park can also enjoy a geocaching activity that teaches participants about the solar system. The activity starts at the park office where an interpretive display sign about the sun is located. Visitors can bring their own GPS units or smartphones to follow the coordinates to each of the other geocache locations. The solar system trail is to scale so the geocache sites get further apart along the way, Backus said.
Different activities are available at each station and backpacks with additional activities are available to check out at the office. The entire course can take as little as 45 minutes or as long as 6 hours depending on how many activities the visitor wants to do, Backus said. The sites can also be reached by vehicle.
Jordanelle State Park has a variety of camping options including 103 RV sites with power and water hookups, 40 primitive tent sites and 40 hike-in tent sites. Each site has a firepit, grill and picnic table available. The restrooms around the park have hot showers, flush toilets and a laundry facility.
Two cabins are also available for rent. One sleeps eight people and the other sleeps six. The cabins don't have running water, but they do have electricity and a microwave and fridge are available.
The main marina also has eight boat slips that can be rented at night for those wanting to sleep on their boats.