Resting atop the Great Salt Lake flood plain, Willard Bay State Park which features the 9,900-acre fresh-water Willard reservoir is the ideal spot to enjoy outdoor recreational activities. Located eight to fifteen miles north of Ogden City, Willard, Utah, this state park offers RV campers amazing boating, year-round fishing, and water-skiing opportunities for campers, hence it has to be your site of choice on your next RV vacation.
Willard Bay State Park has two separate marinas known as the North and South Marinas that offer state-of-the-art day-use and camping facilities, and group-use areas that are available to RV campers and recreationists. What’s more, the wide, open country surrounding Willard Bay provides for panoramic views of Utah’s majestic mountains and Great Salt Lake
Open to the public as a state park in 1966, facilities at Willard Bay State Park include individual and group campsites, boat launching ramps, courtesy docks, fish cleaning stations, modern restrooms, and picnic and camping areas. So, on your RV holiday at the park you can enjoy picnicking, boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, wildlife and bird watching.
Willard Bay State Park was built alongside the Arthur Watkins Reservoir, which is one of the most popular destinations for water recreation in Utah.
RV Rentals in Willard Bay State Park
Transportation in Willard Bay State Park
Accessing Willard Bay State Park is very easy whether by RV, trailer, or car because the park is located on Interstate 15, Willard, Utah. The North Marina area in the park is located 15 miles north of Ogden City on Interstate while the South Marina is located eight miles north of Ogden City.
The campgrounds in Willard Bay State Park are easy to access via the local roads in the park and Interstate 15. There are no driving restrictions for RVs and trailers within the park.
There are several parking lots in Willard Bay State Park for RVs and trailers. The eight parking lots in the park are distributed across the North Marina and South Marina, where you’ll find parking spaces for your RVs/trailers at the Cotton Wood campground, Willow Creek campground, South Marina campground, Day Use area, and fishing patrons. Parking is restricted to only designated areas
There are no public transportation facilities are available at Willard Bay State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Willard Bay State Park
Campsites in Willard Bay State Park
Cotton Wood Campground
Cotton Wood Campground is a campground located in the North Marina in Willard Bay State Park and features three cabins (including one wheelchair accessible cabin), and 36 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. All the campsites in Cotton Wood campground are equipped with full hookups options (electric, water, and sewer hookups) for your RV. RV/trailer length limit in this campground is 60 feet. Amenities at Cotton Wood campground include restrooms, picnic area, fire pits and grills, RV dump station, a viewing platform for wildlife watching, a boat launching area, and sandy beaches. Campfires may be built in designated areas. Length of stay in the campground generally is limited to 14 days within any 30-day period. Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 7 am.
Willow Creek Campground
Willow Creek Campground is a campground located in the North Marina in Willard Bay State Park and features 37 pet-friendly campsites with 35 available for RVs and tents, and two for tents only. RV hookups are not available in Willow Creek campground. RV/trailer length limit in this campground is 45 feet. Some of the campsites are wheelchair accessible. Amenities at Willow Creek campground include restrooms and showers, fire pits and grills, RV dump station, access to hiking trailheads, and sandy beaches. Campfires may be built in designated areas. Length of stay in the campground generally is limited to 14 days within any 30-day period. Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 7 am.
South Marina Campground
South Marina Campground is a campground located in the South Marina in Willard Bay State Park featuring 30 pet-friendly campsites, including one group standard campsite. 23 of the campsites offer full hookup options (electric, water, and sewer hookups) for RVs while six of the campsites are tent only sites, one 35 available for RVs and tents, and two for tents only. RV/trailer length limit in this campground is 40 feet. Amenities at South Marina campground include restrooms and showers, picnic areas and day use picnic shelters, fire pits and grills, a viewing platform for wildlife watching, boat ramp, and sandy beaches. Campfires may be built in designated areas. Length of stay in the campground generally is limited to 14 days within any 30-day period. Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 7 am.
Seasonal activities in Willard Bay State Park
Willard Bay offers water lovers and boat riders wonderful opportunities to RV campers in Willard Bay State Park to enjoy boating and waterskiing on the 9,900-acre reservoir. Boat rental facilities are available for you on RV vacation, so anything from a high-end wakeboard, ski boat, to style pontoon boats are at your disposal. You can also rent personal watercraft: jet skis, wave runners or SeaDoos. All boaters in Willard Bay State Park are required to certify their boats are mussel-free before they launch into Willard Bay. Also, children under the age of 13 are required to have properly fitted approved life jackets on and fastened while in the boat on the water.
Being at an elevation of 4,200 feet, the Willard Bay reservoir is one of the best warmwater fisheries in Utah. Therefore, get ready to enjoy your fishing experience on your RV vacation in the reservoir as you catch fish such as walleye, crappie, catfish, wipers, and smallmouth bass. What’s more, parking lots are located around the fishing areas so you can just park your rig and dive in!
Flora and Wildlife
Willard Bay State Park is awash with beautiful trees and vegetation such as cottonwood, Russian olive, native brushes, willow trees, and grasses which fill the landscape and make it a stunning sight. What’s more, while you’re enjoying the beautiful flora in the park, you can catch sight of wildlife such as deer, fox, squirrels, and muskrat. These make Willard Bay State Park a great destination for you to take in the beauty of nature and its scenic views on your RV camping trip.
On your next RV trip. prepare to visit Willard Bay State Park with your binoculars, if you have a pair, to enjoy the best views of the 200 species of birds that live in and near the park. Without the binoculars, you are sure to still see eagles, hawks, herons, owl, and many of the birds that reside in the park. Some of the bird species that nest in the park are long-term residents, while others only rest briefly in the park during their migration.
Holiday Lights Festival
From Thanksgiving through to New Year’s Day, Willard Bay State Park is the place for you to visit to enjoy the annual Fantasy at the Bay holiday light display, a trademark festival in the park. This spectacular holiday light festival in Willard Bay State Park is a favorite for RV campers of all ages.
RV campers visit Willard Bay State Park for a variety of engaging and fun programs that make their holiday experience memorable. Some of these programs include Easter Egg Hunt, Gyotaku Fish Rubbing, Print your own family tree, Fire on the Bay, Trick or Treat, Fantasy at the Bay etc. The programs are open to all RV campers and enhance participants’ level of appreciation and understanding of the park’s features.