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Description - Willard Bay rests atop the Great Salt Lake flood plain in northern Utah. Its 9,900 acres of fresh water provide boating, waterskiing and year-round fishing for crappie, walleye, wiper and catfish. Camping also is popular at the park. Two state-owned facilities are available to recreationists: North Marina and South Marina.

Attractions - The park has 62 campsites, modern rest rooms, hot showers, sewage disposal
station, seasonal/transient boat slip rentals and sandy beaches. April through
October the South Marina provides boat launching, seasonal boat slip rentals and modern
rest rooms.

Recreation - Boating, waterskiing and year-round fishing for crappie, walleye, wiper and catfish, are the most popular recreation pursuits at Willard Bay State Park. Camping, picnicking and swimming are also available to visitors.

Climate - This state park property lies at an elevation of 4,200 feet immediately north of the Great Salt Lake. Like the rest of the state this area is arid, receiving less than 13 inches of rain per year. This site lies in the Great Salt Lake Basin and sees hot summers, highs above 90 degrees F, and cold winters, daytime highs reaching 50 degrees and nighttime lows below freezing.

Location - Willard Bay State Park rests atop the Great Salt Lake flood plain in northern Utah at an elevation of 4,200 feet. There are two major access points to Willard Bay within the state park. The north marina is 15 miles north of Ogden and accessible from Interstate 15. The south marina is eight miles north of Ogden.

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Filed By: Steve G
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I like boating at Willard Bay. The reservoir is big for Utah, is close to Salt Lake City, is not too crowded, has warm water early in the season, has the lowest elevation so motor efficiency is best, and has the best sunsets in Utah (except Lake Powell). The only negative (but a big one)is the bugs. The reservoir borders a nature preserve.

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Contact Information:
Willard Bay State Park, 900 W 650 North #A , Willard, UT, 84340-9999, Phone: 435-734-9494

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 State Parks - The Utah State Parks system is comprised of 46 properties throughout the state. The properties consist of heritage, recreation and scenic sites that vary in size and amenities.

Utah State Parks & Recreation - This site is a comprehensive listing of the state parks including maps and contact information.


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