Yuba State Park and Recreation Area, located in central Utah, offers abundant outdoor recreational activities for the whole family. Located a little over 100 miles south of Salt Lake City in Levan, UT, you’ll find everything from fishing, swimming, hiking, and birdwatching to zip lining and ATV/off-road recreational vehicle usage areas. There are so many reasons to plan a trip to Yuba State Park!
Native Americans once inhabited the area that is now the Yuba State Park. Artifacts from the Native Americans, such as stone tools, broken pottery, rock art, and other pieces of history of this culture were left behind along the Sevier River that flowed through the park. These artifacts should be left alone (and untouched!) to help preserve history. The Utah State Parks and Recreation or the Bureau of Land Management want to be notified of any found artifacts so they can record what is found in the area. Petroglyphs, or rock art, can be seen by boat at the Painted Rocks boat ramp, and remnants of prehistoric Native American camps can be found in several places around the Sevier River corridor. There is also evidence of recent ranching and mining activity in the area. In July of 1776, Fathers Dominguez and Escalante of Santa Fe, New Mexico, left home to discover an overland route to Monterey, California. Their well-documented exploration took them through this area (now known as the Yuba State Park) in September of 1776. Once here, they taught Native Americans about Christianity. Modern historic markers depicting the route are located north of the reservoir for visitors to view.
Things to Do
With the Yuba Reservoir in the park measuring in at 22 miles long and over 80′ deep in some areas, it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of water-related activities in the park. You’ll see people boating, windsurfing, sailing, and swimming in the reservoir. With two easily accessible boat ramps, one at Yuba State Park and the other at Painted Rocks, it’s easy to enjoy a day out on the water. The Yuba Reservoir is also a great place to drop your line and try to snag dinner in the form of walleye, perch, catfish, rainbow trout, and northern pike. Other activities in the park include mountain biking, hiking, camping, rock hounding, bird watching, interpretive and junior ranger programs, waterfowl hunting (when in season), and enjoying off-road vehicle riding nearby. With warm summer air and water temperatures, there isn’t a shortage of water and non-water related activities to keep you busy in the park.
Special Features Within the Park
· Oasis Campground
The Oasis Campground offers both day and overnight use. This beautiful, tree-lined campground features 26 manicured campsites with centrally located modern restrooms and showers, picnic tables, drinking water, a boat ramp, and an RV sewage disposal station. With an abundance of amenities, this is a popular destination within the park.
Two beaches within the park offer beautiful views of the water and a great place to spend the day. Camping is available and reserved on a maximum capacity basis on both the North and West Beach areas of the lake. Beach-goers and campers alike love North Beach for its soft sand. It is by far one of the nicest beaches in the state of Utah. For lovely waterfront camping and great fishing opportunities, head on over to West Beach. Both beaches offer access to vault toilet facilities and a few shared fire pits right on the beach for great bonfires with family and friends! Tote along some drinking water, a grill, and a beach umbrella and you’ve got the makings for a great day!
· Painted Rocks Campground
Painted Rocks Campground, where you can view the historic Native American petroglyphs, has 40 campsites and is located on the Levan side of the Yuba Reservoir. This campground offers both day and overnight usage and includes a boat launch, drinking water, and vault restroom facilities. Each campsite has a covered table for shaded picnics, a grill for your meat and veggies, and a fire pit.
· Eagle View Campground
On the east side of the lake, Eagle View Campground is a small, 20-unit campground that offers a lot of amenities, including covered tables, tent pads, restrooms, garbage dumpsters, fire pits, reservable boat docks, and more. Until 2013, this campground was only accessible by boat. Today, 4×4 vehicles have access to these sites as well.
· Sequoia Motorsports
If you’re wanting to get out onto the water, head on over to Sequoia Motorsports (located in the park) where you can rent boats and small personal water crafts for a day of fun. They also offer off-road vehicle rentals as well. If you find you’re in need of basic camping or boating supplies while in the park, they have a store for that! Call them at 801-423-9118 or visit their website at sequoiamotorsports.com for more information.
· Reservations Within the Park
Reservations are available for both group-use and individual campsites. Individual campsites may be made a minimum of three days in advance of arrival date and up to 16 weeks in advance from park departure date. Group-use reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance. Call (801) 322-3770 or toll free (800) 322-3770 to make a reservation or to inquire about fees. Reservations are not required, but they are recommended. Unreserved campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.