deer creek reservoirUpdate January, 2018: Deer Creek is a no longer a SUSPECT reservoir for Quagga Mussels. Special procedures to drain and dry boats are no longer required. (Sportsmen are always encouraged to drain boats after use and to make sure all interior areas dry completely, to prevent the spread of mussels.)

Primary attractions:

  • Good fishing close to Utah's population centers.
  • Primary species: Rainbow trout, walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass. Some big fish available.
  • A decent sized reservoir that can accommodate good numbers of people fishing, boating, wind surfing and playing on the sandy beaches.
  • Good ice fishing in winter.


At the top of Provo Canyon, along Hwy 189

  • 40.445280°, -111.496152°
  • 6.5miles from Heber City
  • 21 miles from Provo
  • 53 miles from Salt Lake City

General state-wide regulations apply except:

  • No limit on white bass or black bullhead catfish. Anglers must not release any white bass or black bullhead catfish they catch. All white bass or black bullhead catfish must be immediately killed. Anglers may use corn as bait. For more information, see page 13.
  • Closed to the use of underwater spearfishing to take largemouth and smallmouth bass from April 1 through the fourth Saturday of June.


Excellent state park boat ramps (fee charged). Nice campgrounds/picnic areas. Watercraft rental at Deer Creek Island Resort.

Sandy beaches.

Deer Creek State Park web page

Fishing tips:

During summer, the best fishing is from a boat or canoe. There are many places to fish from the shore along the south side of the reservoir, down from the highway. Walleye and tout fishing usually pick up in April. The Provo River inlet area is a popular place to fish for walleye but it can be crowded. Smallmouth fishing can be very good in June.