Category Archives: Boating
With the cold weather, the reservoirs will be making ice in no time. Get your auger blades sharpened and your ice houses ready!
- Bear Lake State Park Marina: Launch Ramp OPEN/53 degrees
- Bear Lake First Point: Launch Ramp OPEN/53 degrees
- Bear Lake Rainbow Cove: Launch Ramp OPEN/53 degrees
- Bear Lake Rendezvous Beach: Launch Ramp CLOSED
- Deer Creek State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/45 degrees
- East Canyon State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/50 degrees
- Wide Hollow at Escalante State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/55 degrees
- Great Salt Lake State Marina: Launch Ramp OPEN/48 degrees
- Gunlock State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/65 degrees
- Huntington State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/54 degrees
- Hyrum Lake State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/50 degrees
- Jordanelle State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/55 degrees
- Millsite State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/57 degrees
- Otter Creek State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/52 degrees
- Palisade State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/52 degrees
- Piute State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/52 degrees
- Quail Creek State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/64 degrees
- Red Fleet State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/53 degrees
- Rockport State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/53 degrees
- Sand Hollow State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/65 degrees
- Scofield State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/40 degrees
- Starvation State Park: Launch Ramp OPEN/53 degrees
- Steinaker State Park: Launch Ramp
Following several drownings on Utah’s waterways over the last two weeks, Utah State Parks Boating Managers remind boaters and water recreationists to always wear a life jacket when on or near the water.
Utah law requires everyone 12 and under, those boating on rivers, riding personal watercraft and being towed behind a vessel, to wear a properly-fitted and fastened life jacket.
In addition to keeping you afloat, life jackets help insulate the body and aid in keeping your core temperature warm. They also make for quicker rescues allowing you to be pulled onboard faster.
Lookout for the following when enjoying your local waters:
- Floating debris such as trees, branches and garbage are swept up by rivers and carried into lakes and reservoirs.
- Deadheads, also called sinker logs, can damage or destroy
boats if hit at high speed. Deadheads are almost impossible to see as they usually float with most of their mass below the waterline.
- Fencing, tree stumps and rocks can be covered by high water and form new shallow areas.
If you come across hazards while boating and have a radio onboard, use channel 16 (156.8 MHz) to warn other boaters. Key the radio, say PAN-PAN (pronounced pahn-pahn), followed by your warning message. This is the U.S. Coast Guard-approved procedure for reporting dangers to other boaters.
Since moving to the high desert 5 years ago I have become used to not seeing a lot of rain or water around. All that has changed this spring as we have seen a huge amount of rain, snow, sleet, hail, drizzle, mist, fog, and general wet stuff fall from the sky. I have never seen the reservoir so full and it is amazing! This is going to be a neat water year for us and I invite you to check out our video (fresh this morning!) and if you like what you see, come on down. Support your Utah State Parks!
Utah State Parks Boating Program Manager Dave Harris reported warm weather brought many boaters to our waterways this past weekend, but rapidly changing weather, cold water and unprepared boaters resulted in at least four incidents where rangers rescued boaters.
- Always wear your life jacket! Accidents happen quickly and you never know when you might end up in the water.
- Check current conditions. Know what the weather forecast is for the area you are visiting and plan accordingly.
- Let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
I’ve been under the weather and haven’t been able to get out fishing. For those of you lucky enough to venture out this week, here’s what you can expect to find: