willard bay state park
About Willard Bay State Park
Please be aware that part of the North Park remains closed. Signs are clearly marked. Citations will still be issued for persons entering the closed portion of the park.
Remember that if the gate is not staffed then a fee envelope must be used in order to enter the park. Non-compliance can result in a citation.
Day-use hours are from 6 am - 10 pm daily.
Willard Bay is a freshwater reservoir located 12 miles northwest of Ogden on the flood plains of the Great Salt Lake. An earth filled dike and natural shoreline make up the 20-mile enclosures. The dike is officially named the Arthur V. Watkins Dam, for a former U.S. Senator from Utah who was essential in getting the Weber Basin Project passed through congress in 1949. The area had a need for a reservoir to store surplus water from the Ogden and Weber rivers that could later be pumped out and used on farmlands.
Design and construction of the dam was completed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The reservoir is operated by the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District and recreation activities are administered by the Utah State Parks and Recreation.
Willard Bay State Park consists of two separate marinas next to Willard Bay. Recently renovated, the park offers state-of-the-art day-use and camping facilities, boat launch ramps, and group-use areas.
Opened to the public as a state park in 1966.
Park Elevation: 4,200 feet
Park only in designated areas. Campground areas are for individuals paying the appropriate camping fee. Day Use and Fishing patrons are to park only in the day use areas. If you would like to occupy a campsite for the day please inform the gate staff upon entering so that the appropriate fee can be accessed. Citations will be issued for non compliance.
Stop The Quagga: Make sure to pick up an AIS Certificate of Decontamination upon entering the park. Have it signed and placed face up on the dash of your vehicle. Failure to comply can result in a citation. If your vessel or equipment have been launched within the last 18 days (March-May) or 7 days (June-August) in one of the bodies of water listed, you must have your vessel or equipment decontaminated or show proof of having been decontaminated. Let the gate staff know.
Park Fees: If no gate staff is on-duty at time of entry into park, then you must use a fee envelope to enter the park. Park fees are year round Detach and fill out the top portion of the envelope and leave it face up in your window dropping the envelope in the fee tube. Citations will be issued for non compliance.
Boating Safety: All children under the age of 13 must have a properly fitting coast guard approved life jacket on and fastened while in the boat on the water. Visit stateparks.utah.gov for further safety requirements regarding boating safety and for a list of required safety equipment.
Hours and Fees
Park hours: 6 AM - 10 PM
Off Peak Fee Schedule (October 1st - April 30th)
Vehicle : $10.00
Camping (All Campgrounds) : $20.00
Extra Vehicle(s) (All Campgrounds) : $15.00
Peak Fee Schedule (May 1st - September 30th)
Vehicle Weekday (Monday through Friday) : $10.00
Vehicle Weekend (Saturday & Sunday) / Holiday : $15.00
Extra Vehicle(s) (All Campgrounds) : $15.00
Cottonwood Campground : $28.00/Night
Willow Creek Campground : $20.00/Night
South Marina Campground : $25.00/Night
South Marina Primitive Camping : $16.00/Night
Camping on the water : $15.00/Night (Cannot anchor on shore, must have anchor light on.)
Located near the town of Willard in northern Utah, approximately 50 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Directions From Salt Lake City: The North Marina, Day Use Areas and Campgrounds are located just west of the I-15. From I-15 N, take exit 357, turn left under the freeway then turn left into the park. The South Marina, Day Use Areas and Campgrounds are also located just a little farther west of I-15, take exit #351, turn left and follow the signs.
Directions From Idaho: The North Marina, Day Use Areas and Campgrounds are located just west of the I-15. From I-15 S, take exit 357, turn right and then immediately left into the park. The South Marina, Day Use Areas and Campgrounds are also located just a little farther west of I-15, take exit #351, turn right and follow the signs.
Volunteer & Service
Current Hosting Needs
Hosts: 4 Hosts/0 Available. If interested please contact us at 435-734-9494
Months Needed: April - October
Adopt a Park
- Areas Available
- Trail between Eagle Beach and Cottonwood Campground - Adopted by Reflections LDS Bookstore
- North Marina Parking Lot -- Adopted by Utah Marsh Motors, LLC
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