A fishing boat pulls out from the docks as it heads out into the open water at Rockport Reservoir. (Park Record File Photo)
A fishing boat pulls out from the docks as it heads out into the open water at Rockport Reservoir. (Park Record File Photo)

Summer season is officially underway at the state parks in and around Summit County. Campsites are starting to fill up and boats are hitting the waters, which are slowly warming up, creeping into the mid-40s this week.

Here's what's new at the nearby state parks this summer:

Jordanelle State Park

Jordanelle State Park will be getting "some facelifts" this summer, according to Natalie Harmon.

"Our entrance gate is under construction and kind of all torn up at this point, so there's a detour around all of that," she said. "They're supposed to be done by Memorial Day weekend, but you know how that goes."

The marina parking lot will also be getting some work done. It will be repaved and re-striped within the next two months.

"It won't be closed we'll do one side and then the other so it shouldn't be much of an impact," Harmon said.

The park will also be getting "a new day-use pavilion that will be handicap-accessible. And a wave attenuator to help with the waves out in the bay of the marina -- that will be over the next year, maybe more like the fall," Harmon said.

The park's campsites switched from first come, first served to reservations on May 1. There are a variety of different campsites, with fees ranging from $16 to $28 per night.

Cabins are available for rental, $65 per night on weekdays, $80 on weekends.

"We're gonna be rocking and rolling this weekend," said Harmon.

Park hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Day-use fee: $10 weekdays/$12 weekends; $5 for Utah seniors over 62.


Deer Creek State Park

Boating safety is getting a boost at Deer Creek State Park this year. A grant from the Sea Tow Foundation is being used for life jackets.

"We have a life jacket loaner program we'll be doing this summer. So if people come to the park they can borrow life jackets from us at no charge. We have all different sizes," said Steve Bullock, assistant manager at the park.

He also added that "rangers are happy to do a free boat inspection to make sure people have proper safety equipment."

Like at Jordanelle State Park, Deer Creek is undergoing some construction at its entrance after its office was destroyed by an arsonist last year, said Steve Bullock, assistant manager.

Deer Creek switches from first come, first served to reservations starting May 15. The park has several day-use pavilions available for reservations and one overnight group area available.

"We've had campers about the last month and the campground will be fully open this weekend with restrooms and showers," said Bullock.

Park hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Day-use fee: $10 per vehicle up to 8 people; $5 for Utah seniors over 62.

Rockport State Park

Rockport State Park, surrounding Rockport Reservoir, reports that all the docks are in the water and boat storage is quickly filling up.

It also reports that the fishing of late has been good especially rainbow trout.

Several group pavilions, including the Old Church, are available for reservations.

All campgrounds are open and switched from first come, first served to reservations on May 1. Fees are $12-$24. There are five group campgrounds available for reservations.

Park hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Day-use fee: $10; $5 for Utah seniors 62 and older.

Wasatch Mountain State Park

The lake and mountain golf courses have been busy for weeks now. Greens fees are $33 to $35 walking and $47 to $49 with a cart.

Camping switched over to reservations on Thursday. Nightly fees range from $14 to $25 per night.

There are four group overnight campsites available, with fees ranging from $125 to $250.

Cabins can be rented for $60 per night.

Park hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day-use fee: $5; $3 for Utah seniors 62 and older.

Visit stateparks.utah.gov for more information about any of Utah's state parks or to make reservations, and go to facebook.com/utahstateparks for updates.

Notable summer events:

Jordanelle State Park:

  • The Ultimate Bass Team Tour: It will be having several tournaments at Deer Creek, Starvation, and Jordanelle State Parks. The Jordanelle event will be May 31.
  • Scheels Paddle Sports Demo: Scheels will be holding a paddle sports demo for the public featuring the latest stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and more. Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rock Cliff Triathlon: Park will be closed to the public Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, but spectators are welcome via shuttle. The ramp at Hailstone will remain open. Visit www.racetri.com for triathlon details.
  • EXTERRA Half Marathon: Race will take place on the Perimeter Trail on June 28, 2014. Visit www.yesendurancesports.com for details.
  • Fire on the Water: Food, live music, kids zone, parade of lights at dusk and fireworks on Saturday, July 19, from 4-10 p.m. The park expects big crowds for this popular event.
  • Tri Utah Ultimate Relay: Spectator access will be permitted as dictated by the event, Thursday and Friday, July 31 to Aug. 1. The ramp at Hailstone will remain open to the public. Go to www.triutah.com for more information.
  • PCSUP Cup: Park City SUP CUP will take place in the wakeless area near the day use beach, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2. The races will travel out to and around the island. Go to pcsupcup.com for details.

Rockport State Park:

The 21st annual Rockport Dam Jam will be Friday through Sunday, August 8-10. Potluck dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Impromptu jam sessions all day, every day. Camping available at $5 per vehicle per night unless you camp in the Riverside individual campsites or arrive before Friday night then fees are $10 per vehicle per night. Day use fee is $5 per car.

Deer Creek State Park and Wasatch Mountain State Park:

  • Wild West Days: The first annual Wild West Train event at the Heber Valley Railroad will be Memorial Day weekend, Friday to Monday, May 23-26, and feature a 45 minute "Old West" ride with cowboys and train robbers. At the depot will be a livestock petting zoo, kids roping, a mountain man exhibit and a real teepee. Wagon rides, pony rides, food, and Old West photos will be available at an additional cost. Tickets are $15 each and selling fast. Visit hebervalleyrr.org or call 435-654-5601 for tickets or details.