From I-15 in Payson take exit-154, and go south to US-6, then east on 6 for about .5 miles to the Nebo Loop Road. Where an old brick school is at the intersection. Travel on the Nebo Loop Road for about 10 miles up Payson Canyon to the Payson Lakes Campground and Big East Lake. Recreational facilities are well developed at the lake, and include lawns, flush toilets, and picnic areas. It is possible to get small boats on the lake, but motors are prohibited. The road is not plowed during the winter, but is groomed for snowmobiles and cross-country skiers. Fees are charged for camping, and with entrance gate is locked at 10:00 pm.
Big East Lake/Payson Lakes
GPS-N.39.56.137-W.111.38.436 : Elevation-7,870 ft : 23 acres : Depth Mean-29 ft
11.5 Miles RT
Drive 5.6 miles up Provo Canyon to the turnoff of the south fork of Vivian Park. Drive another 3.3 miles, and turn right at the sign that reads National Forest Access, and after .2 miles park. The trail begins from the west side and follows Big Spring most of the way. The last 2 miles are pretty steep, but well worth it for the view. Here you can turn around or continue on down Windy Pass Trail.
Cedar Mountains Crest
12 Miles RT
Take exit 70 off I-80 and drive south to the graveled frontage road. Turn west and drive on the frontage road for 2 miles, and turn south on a road signed for Hastings Pass and drive 7 miles. Turn west on a rough 4WD recommended road, and go 4 miles to Hastings Pass, and park. This trail leaves Hastings Pass along an old jeep road heading south and joins a trail that climbs the slope. A couple hundred or so wild horses roam wild here so keep your eyes open. After a couple of miles you will reach a wall of limestone where you can turn around, or you can continue on for many more miles.
Long Park Reservoir
GPS-N.40.54.270-W.109.52.676 : Elevation-8,646 ft : 300 Acres : Depth-Maximum 96 ft : Mean-45.9 ft
14 miles west of U-44 from near milepost 15 on U-44, turn west on the Sheep Creek Geologic Loop. A sign reads "Long Park Reservoir 14". Follow the Sheep Creek Road for three miles, and then turn west on a gravel road also signed to Long Park Reservoir. This is the North Slope Road. Follow it for nine miles to the turnoff to Long Park Reservoir on the right. The lake is two miles north on this road. The water is crystal clear and is a great place for swimming. Boating is best in the spring before the water is drained down to the conservation pool.
Mill Hollow Reservoir
GPS-N.40.29.477-W.111.06.236 : Elevation-8,843 ft : 18.50 Acres : Depth-Maximum-36 ft : Mean-18 ft
Head south east on U-35 for 14 miles, and turn south off U-35 onto an improved gravel road to Mill Hollow Reservoir. The reservoir is 3.5 miles south on this road. Swimming is available. There is a campground at the lake that offers fishing, a swimming area, drinking water, and privies.
From Price, head south on UT-10 to Ferron, and turn right on Ferron Canyon Road for 2 miles. The park charges a fee for day use and camping. Facilities include a boat launch, picnic pavilions, showers, drinking water, a sandy beach, and campsites.
GPS-N.39.06.020-W.111.11.319 : Elevation-6,211 ft : Water Temperature-5/28/09-59 : 9/2/10-67
Park City-Rail Trail
30 Miles RT
The trailhead is at Bonanza Drive and Prospector, which is just south of Kearns Blvd. The path is only paved near the city and compacted for the rest of the way. The trail runs slightly downhill from Park City.
5.2 Miles One-Way
From Heber take HWY 40, 19.8 miles and turn left onto Road 049. Drive north 5.9 miles to Mill B Flat. Park at the corral and walk across a cattle guard, and a small bridge to the trailhead. The trail heads west 3.4 miles to fork right .9 mile to Center Canyon, and another .9 mile to Center Canyon Trailhead/HWY 40. If you do not have a shuttle you will have to retrace your steps back to your car.
From US-6 in Salem, which is between Spanish Fork and Payson. There is a historical marker at the pond, so drive through town and stop at the sign for the historical marker. Most of the pond is south of the highway, so one can turn south into town anywhere. It is not difficult to find, as most streets in town end at the pond. The majority of the pond is surrounded with playgrounds, and picnic areas. Small boats can be also used in the pond.
Elevation-4,590 ft : 11 acres : Depth Maximum-23 ft/Mean-14.4 ft
Santaquin Peak/Loafer Mountain Trail
11 Miles RT
From I-15 take exit 254 into Payson and turn south on 600 East to the Mount Nebo Scenic Loop Drive. Drive 12.2 miles to a parking lot on your left to the trailhead. The trail heads north 1.2 miles and merges with Bennie Creek trail. Follow the trail north another 2.4 miles and keep right at this fork and .7 mile left at this fork, with another 1.4 miles to Santaquin Peak.
From Price, take US 6 northwest up Price Canyon, and turn left onto UT 96 to the state park. The route is well marked on a State highway map and it is accessible year round. Scofield has traditionally been one of Utah's top fisheries, and produces decent size and quantities of trout. Campsites with showers, dump stations, fish cleaning stations, and launch ramps. Fuel and groceries are available in the town of Scofield at the south end of the lake. There is also a private RV park with full hookups. The park provides camping for both trailers and tents that include garbage disposal, water, barbeque pits, flush toilets, hot showers, a fish cleaning station and boat ramps at both camping areas. Facilities are available at the State Park from May through November. Water-skiing is common in mid summer but V8 engines are recommended because of the altitude. Snowmobiling and ice fishing winter sports are also popular.
GPS-N.39.48.99-W.111.08.033 : Elevation-7,618 ft : Depth Maximum-66 ft/Mean-26 ft : Water Temperature-7/3/08-65 : 9/2/10-63
4 mi. N of Scofield, season 5/15-9/15, water, showers, restrooms, campfires, swimming, boating, fishing.
3 mi. N of Scofield, season 5/15-9/15, water, vault toilets, showers, dump station.
8 Miles RT
From Midway follow the signs to Wasatch Mountain State Park. From Main Street turn left onto SR 224, you will pass the golf course and head up Snake Hollow. Drive 3 miles to the parking lot at the Mill Flat Trailhead. The trail follows a dirt road. After 2.5 miles a road ead left to Cascade Springs 12 miles to the south. The road to the right continues 1.25 miles up to the summit.
Access to the State Park is from US 40 about 3 miles north/west of Duchesne (one block west of the Conoco station). Other parts of the shore are accessible from various unpaved roads or the view area at milepost 83 just east of the US 40 bridge. The reservoir is popular for swimming, waterskiing, sailing, and off-road vehicles. It is a popular reservoir for walleye and smallmouth bass. Starvation State Park has campsites, flush toilets, a sandy beach, and showers. Primitive camping is permitted at various sites around the lake.
Elevation-5,712 ft : Depth Maximum-154.9 ft/Mean-65.3 ft : Water Temperature-6/4/09-62 : 9/29/09-62
Lower Beach:Open all year, water, showers, dump station. There is a fee for day use and camping
Mountain View:Open all year, tent sites, group camping, water, showers, dump station.
Utah Lake State Park is at the west end of Provo's Center Street. From Exit 258 off I-15, a road follows the shore behind the steel mill, from 2000 North in Orem, or northwest from Geneva Road at about 400 S in Orem. Lindon Boat Harbor is off of I-15 exit 276 turn right and go under freeway to railroad tracks at 200 South. Turn left and go to the end. Turn left at 2000 West. The road makes a sharp turn to the right and will take you straight to the harbor. West of Lehi is Saratoga Springs which has a new boat ramp that charges $8 for day-use. Redwood Road follows the west shore fairly closely for about 22 miles. The road around the west side of West Mountain, from Genola to the Benjamin area, follows the shore closely for about 11 miles, offering easy access to rocky beaches. The lake is accessible by all of these sites, as well as Hobble Creek from the overpass on the west frontage road of I-15 between Exits 265 and 263.
Elevation-4,489 ft : Depth Maximum-14 ft/Mean-9.4 ft : Water Temperature-4/23/09-60 : 9/10/10-67
Utah Lake is one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in the western United States. The average depth is only about 10 feet. This allows winds to constantly stir up bottom sediments, resulting in turbid water. The lake is popular for fishing, boating, sailing, and waterskiing. There are abundant supplies of fish including carp and bullhead in the lake. Camping at the lake itself is allowed in most areas.
Utah Lake State Park: group camping, water, restrooms, showers, dump station. There is a fee for day use and camping.
Lakeside Campground is 0.5 miles east of the state park on Center Street in Provo.
Lindon Boat Harbor: Boat ramps, pinic tables, water, portable toilet. Future expansion will include sailboats for rent, fishing ponds stocked for kids, and a BMX track. There is a fee for day use.
From I-15 take exit 202 and go south for 5 miles to the north/west beach. There are outhouses, picnic tables and designated fire pits. Fish include catfish, northern pike, perch, rainbow trout, and walleye. There is a fee for day use and camping.
Elevation-4,978 ft : Depth Maximum-74 ft/Mean-21.3 ft : Water Temperature-5/27/09-60 : 9/29/09-62
Oasis campground on the south/west shore offers covered pavillions with picnic tables, camping area, drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, a boat ramp with loading docks. There is a sandy beach on the north/west shore with a fee station. There is no OHV riding allowed on the beach other than to gain access to the off-road trails to the west and south of the Reservoir.
Painted Rock is on the east side of the reservoir just off HWY 28, between Levan and Gunnison. The campground offers covered picnic tables, restrooms, drinking water, and a boat ramp with loading docks.
You can gain access to Eagle View Campground by boat only, which offers a sandy beach with campsites, covered picnic tables, reservable boat docks, restrooms, garbages, firepits, and solar lighting.
Petroglyphs & rock art can be viewed by boat at Painted Rocks just north of the boat ramp
Make a Reservation call 1-800-322-3770 or go to www.stateparks.utah.gov (an additional fee is charged to make a reservation)