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Staying Safe Around Bison at Antelope Island

Posted on: July 25th, 2019

ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK (DWR) — With the warmer weather comes a host of outdoor recreational activities, which can often lead to encounters with wildlife. Antelope Island State Park is a popular recreational destination for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, camping, bird-watching, and boating on the Great Salt Lake. The island is also home to […]

New PSA Following Recent Drownings, Incidents

Posted on: June 24th, 2019

“Nobody Is Invincible” Campaign Continues SALT LAKE CITY — Boating season is here, and with the fun in the sun comes the dangers present when venturing out onto the water. Within the last month, Utah has seen an increase in boating-related incidents. To combat this, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has chosen to […]

Gunlock Visitors: Stay Safe Around Waterfalls, Rocks

Posted on: June 21st, 2019

GUNLOCK STATE PARK — Due to a recent increase in injuries, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation would like to remind visitors to Gunlock State Park to stay safe and aware when recreating near the waterfalls. The waterfalls at Gunlock State Park are a beautiful and rare sight to behold. After being absent for […]

Officials Recover Body of a Salt Lake County Man at East Canyon State Park

Posted on: June 17th, 2019

 MORGAN, UT – A 25-year-old Salt Lake County man, Shervin Rayeneh, is dead following an incident at East Canyon State Park. On Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 3 p.m. Rayeneh was boating on East Canyon reservoir with friends and family when he and two friends left the boat to swim nearby. Shortly after entering the water, […]

Officials Search for Man at Gunlock State Park

Posted on: May 31st, 2019

(May 31, 2019) GUNLOCK STATE PARK — Officials are searching for a man at Gunlock State Park after an incident in the waterfall area. Emergency crews responded to Gunlock State Park Friday afternoon after receiving reports that man in his 30’s had been jumping from the top of the waterfalls into the water. At one […]

Great Salt Lake Floating Festival & World Record Attempt

Posted on: May 30th, 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. GREAT SALT LAKE STATE PARK — For more than 80 years, from the late 19th century to the latter half of the 20th, the Great Salt Lake was a world-renowned tourist destination. Much like the Dead Sea today, locals and tourists alike would flock to its saline waters to […]

Additional Resources to Help in Fight Against Quagga Mussels

Posted on: May 23rd, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY  ( via DWR) — During the recent legislative session, additional funding was allocated to keep quagga and zebra mussels from spreading from Lake Powell to other local waterbodies. Quagga mussels are currently only found in Lake Powell, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State Parks are working to keep […]

Man Found Dead at Quail Creek State Park

Posted on: May 15th, 2019

Edit 1/16: Name spelling correction. Zackary to Zachary.  HURRICANE, UT – A 24-year-old Provo man, Zachary Mansfield, is dead following an incident that happened on May 14, 2019, at Quail Creek State Park. Zackary went shore fishing at about 7:30 p.m. with a friend but was alone at the time of the accident. The friend became […]

Thieves Damage Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area

Posted on: May 13th, 2019

WENDOVER, UT — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is asking for the public’s help in finding those responsible for a break-in and damages to the Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site — one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America. The perpetrator(s) breached the gated and protected area located near Wendover […]

Starvation State Park RENAMED: Fred Hayes State Park at Starvation

Posted on: May 8th, 2019

Starvation State Park has been officially renamed to Fred Hayes State Park at Starvation. This name change honors Fred Hayes, who served as Division Director from 2012-2018. To commemorate this name change, the Division hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park on May 7, 2019. Visitors heard speeches from Fred Haye’s wife Serena Hayes, Utah […]