Millsite State Park: A One-of-a-Kind Outdoor Playground

Views from the Millsite golf course
Views from the Millsite golf course Louis Arevalo
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Millsite State Park is located at the mouth of Ferron Canyon where sandstone buttes rise nearly 2000 feet above the reservoir’s turquoise surface. This quiet, uncrowded destination is a prime choice for outdoor fun and relaxation. In addition to camping, fishing, and boating, Millsite makes for a great launching place for OHV travel both in the mountains and in the desert, has access to hiking and biking trails, and is next door to one of Utah’s most scenic golf courses.

Millsite owes its name to the fact that the reservoir was constructed over the site of an old flour mill. The dam was built in 1970 to conserve water and soil, and the state park was established in 1971 to add recreation activities to the area.

What Makes It Great

Ferron Canyon above Millsite Reservoir holds hundreds of miles of OHV trails, Manti La Sal National Forest, Utah
Ferron Canyon above Millsite Reservoir holds hundreds of miles of OHV trails, Manti La Sal National Forest, Utah Louis Arevalo

The developed area of the park is modern and offers a campground, picnic area, beach, large boat launch, and courtesy docks. The campground has a mix of RV and tent sites all with level parking areas, tables, barbeque grills, and flat areas suitable for tents. Millsite has two large covered pavilions with fire pits for large groups. The park also has drinking water, restrooms, showers, and a sewage disposal station.

The calm, green water of the reservoir is home to multiple fish. If you fish you may catch bluehead suckers, brown, cutthroat, rainbow, splake, or tiger trout. The waters are also great for water skiing, jet skiing, stand-up paddling, canoeing, kayaking and, in the warm summer months, swimming.

Just west of the park’s boundaries, up Ferron Canyon, in the Manti-La Sal National Forest you can easily access the Arapeen OHV Trail System. This network contains over 350 miles of designated off-road mountain paths ranging from 4x4 forest roads down to narrow ATV trails. To the east there lies the popular desert trails of the San Rafael Swell. Both areas are suitable for mountain biking and hiking.

For those looking for a challenging hike, the Dry Wash Trail begins across from the park. This steep trail climbs through juniper and pinyon trees along a narrow path within the shalestone slopes and is open to hiking, mountain biking, motorcycles, and horses. It is five miles one way and as an out-and-back hike/ride can be cut short at any time. Check with the park staff for more information. After spending the day on the trails return to the reservoir and plunge into the emerald waters to rinse the dust away.

Views from the Millsite golf course
Views from the Millsite golf course Louis Arevalo

If a break from the watersports, fishing, and trails is needed you can head next door to swing the clubs. Located right next to the park sits Millsite Golf Course, one of Utah’s most picturesque. Surrounded by stunning views and containing a waterfall from the causeway of the Millsite Dam this 18-hole course offers a challenge and guarantees a fantastic experience on the vibrant fairways and greens in the heart of Utah’s castle country.

What You’ll Remember

You’ll remember that Millsite is the perfect spot for a family vacation by truly offering something for everyone. Wanna fish? Go ahead. Wanna ride your ATV? Go ahead. Wanna golf? Yeah you do. Wanna mountain bike, hike, swim, canoe, kayak? You can do all those things here too. And best of all, when you’re done, you can all relax together.

Who’s Going to Love It

Anyone looking for a quiet retreat with equal opportunity to relax and play with friends and family in a beautiful location.

Overlooking the quiet waters of Millsite Reservoir
Overlooking the quiet waters of Millsite Reservoir Louis Arevalo

GPS Coordinates, Parking, and Regulations

GPS Coordinates: 39.09, -111.19

The park is open from 6am-10pm during the summer, and from 8am-5pm in the winter. There is a day use fee of $5 or $3 for Utah seniors.

Call the park for more information: 435-384-2552

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