A Midsummer's Weekend Getaway: Steinaker State Park

Steinaker State Park, Utah.
Steinaker State Park, Utah. Louis Arevalo
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Located in the desert steppes that flow down from the snowy peaks of the high Uinta Mountains, Steinaker State Park is an awesome summer getaway. You can play in the reservoir’s warm water, explore the surrounding area, then sleep out under the stars in a secluded campsite.

What Makes it Great

Since opening in the 1960’s Steinaker has become a prime spot for serious anglers. Once you cast your line into the emerald water you can expect to pull in beautiful rainbow trout. When the water heats up by midsummer you may even pull in a bass or two. The park has a concrete boat launch and if trolling is on your agenda you can spend the quiet morning hours cruising the 850 acres of water. If you are unsure of what lures are working just ask one of the locals. With the fish practically jumping into your hands everyone is happy to share their success.

The warm water also makes Steinaker State Park ideal for water sports. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing all make for a great time. The lack of crowds will leave you with plenty of space to move around. The sandy beach at Steinaker is an awesome place to launch your stand-up paddleboard or kayak. Paddling the shoreline to the marsh at the north end of the lake is a perfect place to see waterfowl.

What You’ll Remember

A mother and son out for a paddle board session on the reservoir at Steinaker State Park, Utah.
A mother and son out for a paddle board session on the reservoir at Steinaker State Park, Utah. Louis Arevalo

Situated only a few miles north of Vernal, UT, Steinaker State Park make a great base for your exploration of the surrounding area. Pack a lunch and go adventuring. Hunt for fossils over at Dinosaur National Monument. Spend a day rafting on the Green River through Split Mountain, mountain bike the awesome trails at McCoy Flats, visit Fremont petroglyphs in nearby Dry Fork Canyon, study the past at the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum, or go searching for dinosaur foot prints over at Red Fleet State Park. The list goes on and on.

Back in camp at Steinaker State Park, which is suitable for both tents and RV’s, as your fish is grilling on the barbeque you can sit back and watch the horizon light up with the setting sun. Tomorrow you will catch another fish and head out for another adventure, but for now you can relax.

Who’s Going to Love It

Rainbow trout are a common catch at the reservoir at Steinaker State Park, Utah.
Rainbow trout are a common catch at the reservoir at Steinaker State Park, Utah. Louis Arevalo

Steinaker has a lot to offer. If you enjoy fishing you should definitely put it on the list. If you like water sports, the warm water and lack of crowds will put a smile on your face. Steinaker is the perfect location for multiple outdoor activities for people of all ages and abilities.

GPS Coordinates, Parking, and Regulations

GPS Coordinates:
40.51417, -109.54139
40°30'51"N, 109°32'29"W

Approximately 181 miles east of Salt Lake City. Take Interstate 80 east to US 40 to Heber City. Travel through Heber on this road through Duchesne and Roosevelt and into Vernal. From Vernal, travel on US 40 (Main Street), to Vernal Avenue (Hwy 191), turn left and follow seven miles to the park.

Address:
4335 N. Highway 191
Vernal, UT 84078
435-789-4432

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