Located on the shores of Rockport Reservoir, Rockport State Park is a destination for RVers and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year. At an altitude of 6,000 feet, there are many winter sports to enjoy and it is a good place to cool off in the warm summer months. The scenery here offers high desert views as well as mountain terrain, as it blends the two different regions.
The history of Rockport goes back to the 1860's when a town built a rock wall (Rock Fort) to protect the settlers from attacks by the surrounding Native American tribes. Later, the wall was dismantled, but the name Rockport stuck around. In the 1950's the government built the Wanship dam. This created the reservoir on the location where the town of Rockport had once been located.
Rockport Reservoir now covers over 500 acres of surface area, and is popular for all types of water sports: water skiing, kayaking, paddleboards, fishing, and boating. Rockport State Park is located on the north side of the reservoir, and has six different loops providing camping from primitive to partial hookups with options for boat-in and group campers. Just 45 minutes away from Salt Lake City and a 35-minute drive from Park City, Rockport State Park is a convenient location for a weekend RV getaway.
RV Rentals in Rockport State Park
Transportation in Rockport State Park
Within an hour's drive of both Salt Lake City and Park City, Rockport State Park is easy to reach by major highways. The park is located just off of State Road 32 on UT-302 North. The 6 different camping areas in Rockport State Park are all located along Road 302 which hugs the north shore of Rockport Reservoir.
Some visitors have commented that the final bit of road on UT-302 is narrow, but RVs up to 40 feet are able to manage it.
Most of the RV campsites are back-in, but there are a couple of 40-foot pull-through sites on Juniper Loop. The surfaces vary including asphalt, concrete, grass, and dirt. Many campers report that leveling blocks are needed on some of the sites that are not level.
There is ample shade from the many trees on all of the campground loops, and plenty of space between campsites. Many sites are on the waterfront, which may result in a softer surface for parking, especially after snow melting in the spring.
Campers report convenient parking for their tow vehicles. Utah State Parks allow one vehicle per site but can accommodate extra vehicles in other parking lots for a day-use fee.
Campgrounds and parking in Rockport State Park
Campsites in Rockport State Park
RV Camping at Rockport State Park
There are six different campground areas within Rockport State Park. They are distinguished by their loop name, however, the Juniper Loop is the best for RVers. There are 23 RV sites with 30 amp electric and water connections in the Juniper Loop.
The other five campground loops have a total of 79 primitive campsites, where RVs can park, but there are no hookups. All campground loops have bathrooms as well as access to water nearby. Showers are located on Juniper Loop. RVs up to 40 feet long can be accommodated. Your pets are welcome to camp with you.
There are three mooring campsites specified for boat-in campers who pull in at the marina.
Group Standard Sites
There are five group campsites at Rockport State Park. The group campsites can be reserved up to 11 months in advance. The group campsites have fire rings, BBQs, picnic tables, and close proximity to the water. In some cases, a deposit may be required.
The Crandall and Lariat loops each have a group campsite which can accommodate up to 40 people.
Hawthorne, Old Church, and Riverside loops each have a group campsite for up to 70 people.
If there are any sites available they may be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure you check with the park before or upon arrival to see if there are any spots available.
Seasonal activities in Rockport State Park
Rockport Reservoir has many different types of fish for beginners and expert fishermen to catch. People fish off of boats that you can rent at the marina, or just walk along the shoreline with their poles, hoping to hook that big one. Smallmouth bass, Arctic grayline, brown & cutthroat trout are all caught here.
In the winter, Rockport Reservoir is a popular place for ice fishing. Yellow perch and rainbow trout are favorites for anglers to catch under the icy surface.
Whether you're a kayaker or a paddleboarder, come enjoy the pleasant waters on the reservoir. Fishing boats and motorboats are also welcome here. There is a marina and boat launch area in the state park which makes it convenient to launch your watercraft. Three campsites are specifically set aside for campers who boat into the state campground.
If you forgot your boat, the Marina at Rockport offers all types of rentals. The marina is the center of activity at this campground, with food and live music available in season.
Lake View Trail is a moderate two and a half mile loop trail which rewards the hiker with beautiful viewpoints of the Rockport Reservoir. In the fall you can see vibrant fall colors on the trees. In the spring and summer, you can view various types of wildlife, including mule deer, marmots, chipmunks, and jackrabbits.
Rockport Lake Trail is another popular two-mile trail that's rated as easy and allows dogs on leashes. Other hiking trails in this park include 3rd Canyon & Rockport Cliffs Trail, which is a four-mile moderate loop trail and 2nd Canyon & Cedar Cove Ridge Loop, which a moderate three-mile loop trail known for its wildflowers in the springtime.
While well-maintained, these trails might become muddy after a rain or difficult to hike in the snow. April through October are the recommended months to hike these trails. Dogs are allowed on the trails but must be kept on a leash.
Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing
With snowfall, this area becomes a winter wonderland for all types of sport enthusiasts. The Rockport Lake Trail is a popular trail for snowshoeing and cross-country skiers. Be sure to check the conditions on all the trails with a state park ranger before venturing out.
Just outside the park, Mirror Lake Highway (Hwy 150) is closed during the winter. This road provides a great opportunity for snowmobiles to access miles and miles of trails in the area. The state park rangers keep the trails groomed so they are ready to go exploring on. Specific trails to check out are Nobblets and Guardsmans Pass.
The Marina at Rockport, located within the Rockport State Park on the water is open through the winter. The staff there can provide information on trail conditions as well as snowmobile rentals for those wanting to try out the sport.
Ice fishing is a thrilling winter activity and Rockport Reservoir is one of the favorite places for anglers to throw in their lines. Whatever method of ice fishing you prefer, be sure to check the conditions of the ice before venturing out onto the lake. There are reports and updates regularly through the Utah State Parks website on the thickness and quality of the ice.
Whatever fish you can catch in the summer months can also be caught underneath the ice. Just bundle up, take the right gear and a fishing buddy to enjoy ice fishing at its finest in Utah.