Steinaker State Park

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Coordinates: 40°31′3″N 109°31′49″W / 40.51750°N 109.53028°W / 40.51750; -109.53028
Steinaker State Park
Utah State Park
Steinaker Dam & Reservoir.jpg
Steinaker Dam and Reservoir
Country  United States
State  Utah
County Uintah
Location Vernal
 - elevation 5,500 ft (1,676 m) [1]
 - coordinates 40°31′3″N 109°31′49″W / 40.51750°N 109.53028°W / 40.51750; -109.53028
Area 2,283 acres (924 ha) [2]
Founded 1964 [1]
Management Utah State Parks
Visitation 91,434 (2011) [3]
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Steinaker State Park in Utah

Steinaker State Park is a state park and reservoir of Utah, USA, located 7 miles (11 km) north of Vernal in Uintah County, Utah.

Steinaker State Park opened to the public in 1964. It lies at an elevation of 5,500 feet (1,700 m) in northeastern Utah, south of the Uinta Mountains. The climate is arid with hot summers and cold winters. Plant life at the park includes juniper, cacti, and sagebrush. Wildlife includes badgers, bobcats, coyotes, deer, and rabbits. Birds include golden eagles, hawks, bluebirds, vultures, owls, and osprey.

Steinaker State Park is named for John Steinaker, a member of a pioneer family of the region.[1]

Park facilities[edit]

Steinaker is popular for swimming, fishing, boating, and waterskiing. Year-round park facilities include a sand beach, boat launching ramp, restrooms, 31 RV campsites, two group-use pavilions, and sewage disposal, and fish cleaning stations.[2] Nearby attractions include Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, and Red Fleet and Utah Field House of Natural History state parks.

Steinaker Dam[edit]

Steinaker Dam 40°30′12″N 109°33′10″W / 40.50333°N 109.55278°W / 40.50333; -109.55278 is a 162-foot-high (49 m), 1,997-foot-long (609 m) earthfill dam. The reservoir is fed by Ashley Creek, and is part of the CUP-Vernal Unit project. It was constructed between 1959 and 1962.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Steinaker State Park: About the Park". Utah State Parks. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  2. ^ a b Utah.com. "Steinaker State Park". Utah.com LC. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Utah State Park 2011 Visitation". Utah State Parks Planning. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Bureau of Reclamation (2009-04-10). "Steinaker Dam". U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

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