Ledgefork Campground is located just above Smith and Morehouse Reservoir on the western edge of the Uinta Mountains in northeastern Utah. The town of Oakley is just 14 miles away. Visitors enjoy fishing, canoeing and exploring the Smith and Morehouse Trail.
The reservoir is open to motorized boats, though a wake-less speed is enforced, making it an excellent place for canoeing and kayaking. A boat ramp is located on the northwest shore. Anglers enjoy fishing for stocked rainbow trout and other native fish species.
The 12-mile round-trip Smith and Morehouse Trail is popular with hikers and backpackers. The trail begins in the campground and leads through forests, meadows and a marsh before spurring off to Erickson Basin and Island Lake.
The campground contains several single and double sites with picnic tables and campfire rings. Vault toilets are provided. Firewood is available for purchase from the host.
67 single sites - $24.00, capacity - 8 people
6 double sites - $48.00, capacity - 16 people
Day use/picnicking - $9.00
Extra vehicle fee - $9.00 per vehicle
Boat Launch fee - $9.00 (Not Included in campsite fee)
Season Launch Pass - $55.00
The campground is situated within a quarter-mile of the reservoir in a scenic conifer and aspen forest at an elevation of 7,800 feet. Smith and Morehouse Creek runs through the campground. A variety of wildlife makes its home around the reservoir, including moose and deer. Summer temperatures range from 65-75 degrees in the day to 40-50 at night.
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This is the second year in a row that we have stayed at this campground and it has become a new family favorite. We even brought a couple neighbor families with us this time. The only reason I won't give it 5 stars is because of the inconsistency with the water and the hassle to haul in water or travel down to the boat dock to refill any water jugs.
We left on a Saturday and the reservoir was pretty packed with SUPs, Kayaks, Canoes, etc. Earlier in the week (even Friday) was less crowded. We took inflatable Kayaks with us this year and they were a ton of fun especially for those that wanted to enjoy the water without being freezing cold.
Super pretty campground and well cleaned up, there’s bathrooms near every site that are also always very clean, the fishing wasn’t the best you’ll need a kayak/canoe or even a paddle board to catch anything. There’s not anywhere easy to fish around the edges but does provide very beautiful scenery. All of the campgrounds are pretty close together but there’s a few that have lots of coverage with trees so you can’t hear or see as much of the other campers. All around really great camping site.
Ledgefork is one of those areas you better get a reservation for early in the season. They book up quick, but there’s a reason for it! The whole area is gorgeous. From the northern end of the lake all the way south into dispersed camping areas, the sights are awesome. Wildlife everywhere. Great fishing. Clean campsites. Friendly campground hosts. Firewood available for purchase. Oh and did I mention how everything was just beautiful?! Don’t miss a weekend at Ledgefork. Seriously.
Great mix of sites for rvs and tents. Stays open through October for deer season 😁 Ties into Smith & Morehouse Trailhead. Moose, deer, elk all in the area. Store 20 mins away in Oakley.
Ledgefork sits on the south side of the Smith and Morehouse Resevoir in the Uinta National Forest. The resevoir itself is small, but beautiful, and we love the fact that motorized boats are not allowed, which helps keep the noise factor down. The resevoir is popular with anglers, as well as kayakers, canoes, and paddleboarders.
Ledgefork, as well as Smith and Morehouse campground (which sits at the north edge of the resevoir), are both popular family campsites, especially on the weekends and holidays, so I would recommend making a reservation if you can. Both campgrounds do have walk-up sites available and can be paid for with cash only. Sites are $21 per night.
Ledgefork is the trailhead for the Smith and Morehouse Trail which can take you to the Erickson Basin (5 miles), Island Lake (7 miles), and Crystal Lake Trailhead (10 miles). The trail is available to hikers, mountain bikers, and horses. However, when we visited the trail it was still closed due to fire in the area last year, so make sure to double check and see if it's reopened if the trails are what you're interested in.
Picnic tables, fire grills, vaulted toilets, drinking water, and garbage service are all provided. Pets are also permitted, as long as they are leashed.
- Plenty of services, and the nearest town, Oakley, is only 14 miles away
- Lots of recreational activities in the area
- Trails were still closed due to fire
- Resevoir was packed due to the holiday weekend (Pioneer Day)