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Description - Joes Valley Reservoir Campground is located in a high mountain valley adjacent to and just above Joes Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Junipers, pinyon pines, and sagebrush cover the area, and aspens and pines dot the surrounding hillsides. The reservoir is visible from several sites and offers good fishing for cutthroat, rainbow trout, and trophy splake. Boating, water skiing, and canoeing are popular on the lake, a boat ramp is within the facility, and Joe's Valley Resort nearby has boat, personal watercraft, ATV and bike rentals.

Attractions - Joes Valley Reservoir is situtated in an open setting with limited shade at 6,990- feet in elevation and has a 1,160-acre surface area. The expansive Arapeen ATV Trail System can be accessed just west of the reservoir, and has 350+ miles of designated, well-maintained trails for ATVs and OHVs and is suitable for all riding levels. Horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking are popular in the area as well.

Recreation - The managed recreation season is May through October with use heavy on weekends and holidays. Preferred activities include fishing, camping, and sightseeing. Available species include rainbow trout, splake trout, and cutthroat trout. Some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. Reservations accepted for certain campsites; fees charged. All-weather access over State Rd. 29. Joes Valley U.S. Geological Service map covers the area. Stream fishing above and below the reservoir.

Climate - The climate of Utah varies with the terrain. Visitors to the mountains will experience cool summer nights and passing storms that can alter a sunny day very quickly. Be prepared with layers when recreating in the mountains. The deserts and canyons of Utah can be dangerous places. Summer temperatures often reach above 100 degrees F, so be sure to carry water on all adventures. Flash floods in the canyons are also a threat. It is difficult to predict incoming weather when deep within a canyon so check reports before venturing into any narrow canyon areas.

Location - Joes Valley Reservoir is located 15 miles west of Orangeville. From Price, Utah, travel 45 miles south on State Road 10 to the junction of State Road 10 and 29. Turn west on State Road 29 through Orangeville, approximately 12 miles. Turn north at stop sign and follow State Road 29 approximately 18 miles to campground

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Filed By: William (provo, utah)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: i always go to joes valley res. after spending a few days in the san rafael desert after canyonering. its a great place to swim, fish and just enjoy the views, many good camp site. and never more that a handful of boat on the lake. if you are in canyon country, it is almost a must to stop in joes for a swim on your way back to northern utah

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ICON Fishing Available species include rainbow trout, splake trout, and cutthroat trout.

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Contact Information:
Joes Valley Reservoir, Ferron Ranger District, Manti-LaSal National Forest , Ferron, UT, 84523, Phone: 801-384-2372

Additional Information:
Northern Utah - This region of the state lies north and northwest of Salt Lake City and includes the Great Salt Lake and most of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Utah Reservoirs - Included here are short descriptions of many of the large reservoirs in Utah. Many of these reservoirs are part of State Parks and more information can be found under the Utah State Parks listing.


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