Echo State Park to Close Day-Use Area For Construction
May 7, 2020
ECHO STATE PARK — Echo State Park will be closing its day-use and launch ramp area in the coming months to allow for construction on park improvements and expansion.
The project is still in the planning stages, however, park management expects the closure to occur mid to late July. The closure will likely last the rest of 2021, with the hopes that the area will reopen to the public for the 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, and there will also be some designated areas where the public can access the water for day-use as well. This designated beach day-use area will only be open for this purpose during the construction process and is not expected to continue for the coming years.
This essentially means that the majority of motorized watercraft will not be able to launch at Echo this season once construction begins. However, swimmers, anglers, canoers, and other paddlecraft will still be able to access.
When water levels drop significantly, the boat ramp at Echo closes. With that level already drawing closer this season due to a low water year, now is especially an ideal time to begin construction on the day-use area. As of May 6, the water level sits at 46%.
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.”
The park will announce the official dates of this closure and other updates on the official Echo State Park website and social media accounts. Those wanting to launch motorized watercraft this season are encouraged to visit other nearby state parks such as Rockport, Jordanelle, Deer Creek, Willard Bay, Hyrum, and East Canyon.