Deer Creek State Park
|Deer Creek State Park|
|Utah State Park|
Deer Creek Reservoir with Mount Timpanogos in the background
|- elevation||5,400 ft (1,646 m) |
|Area||3,260 acres (1,319.3 ha) |
|Management||Utah State Parks|
|Visitation||303,288 (2011) |
|IUCN category||V - Protected Landscape/Seascape|
Established as a state park in 1971, 3,260-acre (13.2 km2) Deer Creek State Park features the large Deer Creek Reservoir, which is popular for fishing and sun tanning, along with other surface water sports such as boating, sailing, swimming, and windsurfing.
Park facilities include two concrete ramps for boat-launching, a summer-only 75-unit campground (58 sites for RVs and the remainder for tents), rest rooms, showers, and sewage-disposal, two group-use areas, picnic areas, and fish cleaning stations.
The park is at an elevation of 5,400 feet (1,600 m).
In the 1930s the Salt Lake City area and surrounding farmland were suffering from water shortages. Creation of a reservoir was approved by the United States Congress in 1935 to help alleviate this problem, and Deer Creek Reservoir became a significant part of the Provo River Project.
The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) began construction of the reservoir in the spring of 1938. Water was available for use in 1941, and the project was completed in 1955. The Provo River Water Users Association, under contract with the BOR, repaid construction costs, and operated and maintained the facilities until the area became a state park in 1971. During this time, fishing was the chief recreational activity, as other water sports were prohibited.
The Division of Parks and Recreation became responsible for the administration, development, and operation of the park in January, 1971, and maintains it today.