Jordanelle State Park
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Introduction

There’s no better place to view picturesque Heber Valley than Jordanelle State Park. Surrounded by rolling hills and majestic mountain peaks, Jordanelle State Park is one of the most popular camping spots in Utah. The Provo River rambles into the Jordanelle Reservoir, providing a waterside venue for three recreation areas along the shore. Park your camper in the tall cottonwoods, and enjoy convenient access to clean restrooms, hot showers, and storage.

Jump into watersports with campsite launch ramps for boats and personal watercraft. Take a short walk to swimming areas, hiking trails, and the park’s nature center. The avid angler will enjoy fishing for trout, bass, and perch. Abundant wildlife make the area an outdoorsmen’s dream. Catch a glimpse of local waterfowl, and keep an eye out for deer and elk as they graze above the valley floor.

A short drive away is historic Midway, Utah. Founded by Swiss immigrants, modern Midway sports traditional swiss architecture and boutique shopping. Enjoy a day trip to Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance film festival. Ride the free trolley to storefronts up and down main street, and ski in the winter months at some of the nation’s top ski resorts.

With ample off-season amenities like snowshoeing, snowtubing, and geocaching, Jordanelle State Park is the perfect destination at any time of year.

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Transportation in Jordanelle State Park

Driving

Jordanelle State Park is conveniently located about 35 miles east of Salt Lake City. Hop on interstate I-80 east, and connect with US 40 south. Take exit 8 for Mayflower. The road will lead you north of Heber City, Utah, directly to the Hailstone campground. Local roads will take you anywhere you need to go within the park, from the campground to the nature center, boat rentals, and swimming area. Enjoy wide roads designed for transporting boats and other watercraft. Trails and boardwalks make it easy to navigate the park by foot or mountain bike.

Secondary park roads may close in the winter months due to snow. Call the park information line for details on road closures and weather conditions.

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Campgrounds and parking in Jordanelle State Park

Campsites in Jordanelle State Park

Reservations camping

McHenry Tent Only Camping

If you're after a different kind of camping experience, Jordanelle also offers tent-only sites in the McHenry Campground. Some offer electrical and water at the site, and some have water views. All are pet friendly.

Keetley Group Campsite

For large groups, the Keetley Group Campsite provides accommodations for up to 50 people. It features four RV hookups alongside four tent pads. A large pavilion with nine picnic tables offers a gathering place, and two restrooms with showers make it easy to keep everyone comfortable.

Hailstone Campground

The Hailstone Campground features 103 RV campsites for campers and trailers up to 80 ft long. Each campsite is equipped with hookups for water and electricity. Campers can also enjoy fire pits, BBQ grills, and picnic tables. A laundry facility is available to clean up after a day at the beach, and hot showers and toilets abound. A dump station is available on the west side of the campground.

Reservations are encouraged, especially during the peak season of Memorial Day through Labor Day, and can be made up to four months in advance for individual sites and 11 months in advance for the group campsite. Open sites that haven’t been reserved operate on a first-come-first-served basis.

The campground is situated on the shore of the Jordanelle Reservoir, which means each campsite has a waterfront view. The campground has walkable access to a playground and boat launches. Leashed dogs are allowed anywhere throughout the campsite and the park except for the public beach.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Jordanelle State Park

In-Season

Fishing

The Jordanelle Reservoir and Upper Provo River are home to brown trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and perch. Any legal bait can be used on the reservoir, but artificial lures and flies must be used on the river. Fish cleaning stations can be found in both the Hailstone Campground and Rock Cliff recreation areas.

The water off the launch ramp in Rock Cliff is a particularly popular fishing spot. Use the Ross Creek Trail Head to travel to the reservoir’s north arm and premier bass fishing. Once the reservoir freezes in the winter months, bundle up and enjoy ice fishing.

Nature Center

Discover what makes the Jordanelle State Park such a unique ecosystem at the Rock Cliff Nature Center. The center is open on weekends during the peak season. Rangers and volunteers teach about Jordanelle’s wildlife, plants, and animals through tours and hands on activities. Measure the wing spans of local birds, compare the antlers of the native elk, deer, and moose, and take a peek at the center's family of tiger salamanders, the only indigenous species of salamanders in Utah.

Watersports

Spend your days escaping the heat and enjoying the waves on the Jordanelle Reservoir. The park welcomes both motorized and sail boating as well as water skiing, tubing, and personal watercraft like kayaks, wave runners, jet skis, and paddleboards. Rent boats, personal watercraft, and equipment at the marina, general store, and pro shop.

Hailstone campground has a personal watercraft ramp and courtesy doc available from May through October. If you’re bringing your own boat along, transient slips are available for lease and can be reserved before your visit.

The mountain water averages a temperature of 75 degrees, so life jackets are required. Pick one up at the marina before you head out on the water.

Off-Season

Hiking and Snowshoeing

Explore the forests and rolling hills that surround the reservoir by using the extensive park trail system. If you’re looking for an easy stroll, try the Rock Cliff trailhead. You’ll travel along elevated boardwalks through the wetland areas and end with a beautiful view of the Provo River as it enters the reservoir. For the more avid hiker, check out the 15.5 mile Perimeter Trail that circles the park. In the winter months, snow shoe through the trail systems as well.

Picknicking

Savor a bite to eat in the great outdoors throughout the park. All you need is a blanket or camp chairs, but you can also take advantage of four lit pavilions.

The Hailstone campground has three pavilions that can serve up to 75 guests each. The Sand Pavilion is directly on the beach, includes a grill, and offers direct access to the sand volleyball court. It is also ADA accessible. The Beach Pavilion allows public beach access, a view of the playground, a fire pit, grill, and reserved parking spots for vehicles. The Cove Pavilion also features a grill and nine large picnic tables. The Rock Cliff recreation area has an additional pavilion with nine picnic tables and a large pedestal grill. Pavilions should be reserved in advance.

Geocaching

The Jordanelle area is a popular location for Geocache-lovers. The State Park is home to three Geocaches. Stop by the park office to pick up a brochure and certificate, and begin your hunt. When you finish, bring back your completed certificate and turn it in for prizes. The Solar System Geocache weaves through the Hailstone campground and begins near the park office. The Rock Cliff trailhead is the starting point for the remaining two Geocaches — The Ribbon of Life and Memorial Point.

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