Shad G.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Joined April 2019

Great place to stay

Came for a weekend getaway. The park was very clean and beautiful with the fall colors. The camp hosts were great. The Portneuf River runs right through the campground. You are about a 5-10 minute walk from the main town including the hot pools. Those pools are super relaxing and I would recommend going first thing in the morning before it gets crowded. I was impressed with the campground itself. All the hookups worked perfectly.

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Nice campground next to Washington Lake. The scenery can’t be beat. Great little lake for fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, etc. and there really is no shortage of fun. The campground is very crowded on the weekends and there is a sign that says they aren’t taking walk-ins currently.

We hiked to Shadow Lake, Rock Lake, Azure Lake, and Haystack lake. Beautiful scenery and the weather was perfect.

Beautiful Destination

I have backpacked in the Uintas for several years and have driven past this lake many times, but never stayed there. I am glad we did.

The good:

  1. Campsites are well kept.
  2. Hiking trails around the lake and from the campground take you to some beautiful places. We backpacked one night to Bonnie Lake.
  3. Fish are stocked so the fishing is good.
  4. Kayaking and canoeing are great in this lake.
  5. No cell service.
  6. Cooler temperatures. About 20 degrees cooler than the Salt Lake Valley.

The not so good:

  1. Crowded on the weekends especially.
  2. The campsites are closer together than I normally like.
  3. People don’t take great care of the area. Lots of trash, fishing garbage, dead fish people leave, etc.
  4. Pit toilets could be cleaned and maintained more frequently.
Great Campsites

We have camped here several times. It is a perfect spot for launching a boat. The marina at the launch has a nice little store and offers gas for boats. It is close to the dam so you can spend some time at the dam doing a tour or there are great spots underneath the bridge to hang out and swim, cliff jump, or fish.

Campground is very well taken care of especially given that this is highly used.

From the reservation site:

  • $25/night for a single unit and$50/night for a double unit 

  • Showers are open to non-campers for a fee of$4. 

  • Sanitation station is open for a fee of$6. 

  • Potable water is available. 

  • The single site fee covers the cost of 1 vehicle. Each single site's maximum capacity is 2 vehicles. 

  • There will be an extra vehicle fee for the second vehicle collected on site. 2 vehicles= 1 sleeping unit(trailer, pop-up, pickup camper, RV, etc)+ 1 passenger vehicle or 2 passenger vehicles. 

  • There is not room for 2 sleeping units.

3rd Time

This is our third year in a row at this campground. The only reason I can’t give it 5 stars is because they still haven’t fixed the water and you have to bring in your own. The campground is well maintained and super clean. The new camp host on the first loop is great. We went a little earlier than we normally do and the water was a little higher so there were limited spots to hang out on the shoreline.

There is a hiking trail right from the campground that is beautiful. It follows a creek all the way and eventually ends up over into the Crystal Lake area.

Hidden little campground

I didn’t know this existed until I went with the scouts and one of the scouts mentioned his family had camped there. If you are looking to get away to a quick little area, this is a great place to go. However, because it is so close, it fills up fast.

It is close to Bridal Veil Falls, the Provo River trail (often frequented by skateboards), the Provo River for fishing, or lots of hiking nearby. The campground is covered with large shady trees. Reservations are recommended.

Easy access to Timp and Scout Falls

This campground provides easy access to one of the best hikes. Mt Timpanogous provides some stellar views of the backcountry and the valley below. On the way, stop and checkout Scout Falls. Early in the summer the falls comes pretty heavy because of the runoff. Pets are allowed but only on leash.

The campground is well maintained but gets a lot of traffic in and out because of the hikers driving to the parking lot. OHV riders will love the scenery and trails it provides just above the campground spot.

Close to a lake and Timp caves

Great little spot just above Tibble Fork reservoir. They recently finished construction on the reservoir so there is plenty to do there. You can fish, kayak, paddle board, swim, etc just beware that the weekends and holidays bring out lots of people and beach space fills up really fast.

The campground is very clean and easy access to vault toilets and water. There are plenty of trees for shady spots. Not all sites will fit the length of a trailer, but most will.

Little oasis

I found Joe’s Valley reservoir on a Facebook group and I hadn’t ever heard of it. After seeing the pictures, my family decided to give it a shot and we were not disappointed. The drive up along the river is so beautiful. It is a little narrow, but there was some equipment out so it appeared they were working on the road and fixing it up. Take it slow with the big rigs.

My kids loved the water despite the wind throughout the day. There were a fair amount of people boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, etc around the shoreline near the marina, but I didn’t feel it was too crowded at all.

We camped in site 49 which is a double site. The site has two picnic tables and a double wide parking pad. Trees are limited except with the sites on the rim starting with number 7.

I would definitely come back.

Great campsite close to home

This is a great campsite that is not a long drive from home.  We have come here several times.  Because it is a short drive for a lot of people, you tend to have to make a reservation or get there earlier in the week to find a spot.  They also have some pretty good group sites that take reservations.  

The canyon doesn't allow dogs because it is a protected watershed.  There are a couple of great hikes nearby including silver lake that has a boardwalk that you can walk around.  On the north side of that like is a trailhead that takes you up above the lake to Twin Lakes reservoir.  It is a steeper climb, but really pretty.

Not sure it could be better

This park was the only place we could get reservations near Great Basin National Park. Driving a few hours to get there we didn’t want to risk not being able to have someplace to stay so we stayed here. The park was in pretty good shape. The bathrooms and showers need some work and they were full of some weird bugs. The managers were friendly and made sure we had what we needed to have a good time.

I don’t have pictures from the campsite, but Great Basin National Park is worth the visit. Take time to drive up and do the hikes and explore Lehman caves.

Hidden Oasis

We absolutely loved staying this park. The park is very well maintained. The restrooms, showers, campgrounds, and park area for the kids were in amazing condition. It was a great location and the lake is not far away. I recommend paying a little extra to get the deluxe sites to have more space. You also have to pay $5 extra per dog that you bring.

Red Rock Oasis

We have been here several times. My kids love hiking around in the valley of the goblins, star gazing, playing night games, and hiking the slot canyons (little Wildhorse). We have stayed in the park each time, but I have seen lots of others in dispersed camping areas. Early spring and late summer/early fall are the best times to go because of the heat.

Busy, get there early

Lots of places to do dispersed camping, but you might get annoyed with the noise of the ATVs. It didn’t bother us, but just be aware that there are a lot people riding around this area. We camped in Miner’s canyon which is right before the five mile pass area.

Great RV Park

This was our first time staying in an RV park with full hookups. It was great! The staff was very friendly and accommodated our requests without any hesitation. The views from the campsite that overlook starvation reservoir are gorgeous. The trees were beautiful and provided a lot of shade.

Primitive, but not

I like that this locations feels primitive, but isn’t far from civilization. We went in March and it was a little cold, but we setup the trailer and the heater worked great. There are several dispersed areas around for the weekends when this place is probably crowded.

Super clean and lots of space

We loved camping here for a couple days. The scenery was beautiful and we enjoyed being a little more secluded in our site. Lots of green grass and the sites are great with a sunshade over the tables and great fire pits. We stayed in an trailer, but each site had a tent pad that is well taken care of.

One of my new favorite places

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.