The Yuba Special Recreation Area, conveniently located in Central Utah, offers a variety of water recreation opportunities. Warm summer water temperatures, sandy beaches, nearby off-highway vehicle areas, and fishing for walleye and yellow perch attract visitors year-round.
At an elevation of 5,100 feet, the Yuba Special Recreation Area is 25 miles south of Nephi, just off Interstate 15. The reservoir, when full, is 22 miles long and reaches a maximum depth of 80 feet. This recreation area is cooperatively managed by Utah State Parks and Recreation and the USDI Bureau of Land management.
OASIS CAMPGROUND: A 19-unit campground and seven overflow sites, covered group pavilions with picnic tables, a group camping area, drinking water, modern restrooms and showers, an RV sewage disposal station, loading docks, and boat launching ramp. Accessible rest rooms, showers, electrical hookups and a campsite are available for campground patrons with special needs.
NORTH AND WEST BEACH AREAS: These beaches offer primitive camping along the shoreline. Facilities include garbage collection points, restrooms, fire pits, picnic tables, and a entrance/fee collection station. These beaches provide public access to Yuba Reservoir for day use and overnight camping. Day use fees are $7 per day and $8 for overnight camping.
EAGLE VIEW BEACH AREA: A 20-unit, boat-in only campground, has covered tables, tent pads, restrooms, garbage collection points, fire pits, solar lighting, and reservable boat docks. Fees for this area are $7 for day use and $15 per day for camping. This area is accessible by water craft only; no motorized vehicles are allowed. The design and placement of recreational facilities will allow the public to use this area for day use and overnight camping.
PAINTED ROCKS AREA: The Painted Rocks area is located on the east side of the lake off Highway 28 between Levan and Gunnison. This area offers a large day use area, three lane concrete boat ramp, a group campsite and 41 individual campsites with covered tables. This campground also includes tent pads, restrooms, a garbage collection point, security lighting, potable water system, dump station, and fire pits. This campground is easily accessible off Highway 28 between Levan and Gunnison. It is controlled from one entrance station. Day use fees are $7 and $8 for overnight camping.
Things to Do
A host of water-related activities await visitors to the Yuba Recreation Area. Water temperatures reach 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer making the reservoir extremely popular for boating, waterskiing, personal watercraft, windsurfing, sailing, and swimming. Two boat ramps, one at Yuba State park and one at Painted Rocks, provide access for all types of watercraft. The reservoir is a year-round fishery for walleye, perch, catfish, rainbow trout, and northern pike. Other activities include camping, hiking, picnicking, rock hounding, bird watching, mountain biking, waterfowl hunting in season, and off-highway vehicle riding nearby.
Reservations are available for group-use and individual campsites, Individual campsites may be made a minimum of three days in advance of arrival date and up to 16 weeks in advance from park departure date. Group-use reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance. To make a reservation, call 322-3770 within Salt Lake City or toll free (800) 322-3770. Reservations are not required, but advised. Unreserved campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.