Description - Starvation Dam and reservoir, Central Utah Project, Bonneville Unit, on the Strawberry River is filled by surplus winter and spring flows from the Duchesne and Strawberry Rivers. Recreation management at Starvation Reservoir is performed by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation under agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation. The reservoir is situated northwest of Duchesne, Utah, at the 5,710-foot elevation and has a surface of about 3,300 acres when full.
- The managed season is year-round with high use on holidays and weekends. Fish species include walleye, smallmouth bass, and brown trout. Fees charged. Reservations accepted for some campsites. Duchesne and Rabbit Gulch U.S. Geological Service maps cover the area. Stream fishing on the Strawberry River is available below the dam.
Recreation - Recreational activities offered at Starvation Reservoir include; biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, recreational vehicles, water sports and winter sports.
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.
Starvation Reservoir is located 4 miles northwest of Duchesne. All-weather access. From Salt Lake City, Utah, take I-80 east to U.S. Higway 40. Go southeast through Heber City on to the Duchesne city limits, turn left and go 4 miles.