Echo State Park to Close Day-Use Area For Construction
June 8, 2022
ECHO STATE PARK — Echo State Park day-use area and launch ramp area is currently under construction with the hopes that the area will reopen to the public for the late summer/early fall 2022 season.
“This closure will impact the day-use area; so there will be no access to the launch ramp, dock, or any of the older existing facilities in that area,” Park Manager Eric Bradshaw said. “The new Dry Hollow Campground will remain open.
This essentially means to motorized watercraft will not be able to launch at Echo until construction has been completed. However, swimmers, anglers, canoers, and other paddlecraft will still be able to access from access points along the lake but no access through the construction zone.
This is all part of a larger plan for Echo. After opening as an official state park in 2018, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation began planning extensive redesigns and developments within the park.
Construction of the Dry Hollow Campground was completed and opened to the public in 2020. Now that the park has completed that project, it is now time to begin work on the day-use area.
“We’re going to be doing a lot of great work here,” Bradshaw said. “We will be widening and extending the boat ramp, constructing a new parking lot and entrance station, and are even evaluating the possibility of bringing in cabins and other overnight lodging options. We know that closing this area may not seem ideal now, but in the end, we will have a modern, updated day-use area that the public can enjoy.”
Those wanting to launch motorized watercraft until construction is completed are encouraged to visit other nearby state parks such as Rockport, Jordanelle, Deer Creek, and East Canyon.