starvation state park
About Starvation State Park
Starvation State Park was established in 1972, two years after the Bureau of Reclamation's constructed the dam, which created the 3,495 surface acre reservoir as part of the Central Utah Water Project.
The name "Starvation" has been credited to two legends. One saying that a group of mountain men caught in winter snows survived by stealing a cache of food belonging to local Indians and as a result the Indians starved. The other moreoften told legend, relates the opposite story of the Indians stealing the trapper's cache of food leaving the trappers to starve. It is, however, very likely that neither legend, even if true, bears reference to the naming of the dam and reservoir.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cattlemen and homesteaders tried to make a go of it along the banks of the Strawberry River in the area now occupied by the reservoir and dam. Their story is one of hardship, perseverance and facing near starvation in a very hostile and harsh environment. Winters were hard, long and extremely cold. Their cattle and livestock often froze during these winter months, and the short growing season was hindered by flooding, hailstorms, early frosts and other calamities. They nicknamed the area "Starvation" and it was from this reference that the highway bridge, reservoir, dam and state park received their names.
The annual walleye fishing tournament has become a popular fishing event with trophy 10-plus pound fish being caught each year. The scenic beauty of 3,500 acres of park land, many coves, remote beaches and unusually blue water makes this a favorite of boating enthusiasts statewide.
Opened to the public as a state park in 1972.
Park Elevation: 5,700 feet
Hours and Fees
Summer - 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Winter - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Day-use fee: $7
Camping fees: $18 tent site, $23 partial hookup site, $28 full hookup site, $12-14 per vehicle primitive camping, and $14 boat camping.
Cabins: $60 per night with refundable $100 deposit
OHV use at Starvation State Park
OHVs are only allowed at Knight Hollow Campground. County owned dirt roads are open and dirt roads from Knight Hollow to the town of Duchesne are open as well. Please contact the park at 435-738-2326 before your arrival if you have questions about OHV use in the park.
3D Archery Range
New to Starvation this summer is our nine-station, 3D archery range located just west of the entrance station. Practice your skills with shots ranging from 15 to 60 yards at varying angles and difficulty. All ages are welcome, however anyone under 18 years needs a parents signature on the waiver form.
Cost to use the range is free with paid $7 park day-use fee.
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Hosts: 2 hosts/1 available
Months Needed: Apr - Oct
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