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Baker Dam Recreation Area

The Baker Dam Recreation Area is located 17 miles due north of St. George, Utah, just off State Route 18. Camping, reservoir fishing, boating, birding, and picnicking are some of the activities available. 

Built in 1953 at the foot of the towering Pine Valley Mountains, the reservoir area offers slightly cooler temperatures and a quick getaway from St. George and other lower elevation communities. The reservoir is managed by the Baker Dam Reservoir Association. Stocked with trout on a regular basis by the State Division of Wildlife Resources, the reservoir is a popular fishing site. While spring and fall provide the best fishing opportunities, Baker Dam Recreation Area is open year-round.

Baker Dam is also a good base for hunters looking for deer, quail, and rabbit, and off highway vehicle users wanting to explore higher elevations. Please be informed of all Federal, State, and local laws and regulations for hunting and OHVs. Much of the land surrounding the reservoir is private except for the southern end, which is public land. Please view the land ownership map and respect private property.  
A 19 site campground is available on site. Potable water is not available, so be sure to bring your own. 

Note:  Day Use sites can NOT be reserved; they are first come first serve.  Camping is prohibited in the day use area and up to one mile from the recreation area.

Day Use Amenities
  • Vehicle Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fire Rings with Grills
  • 2 Vault Toilets (ADA Compliant)
  • Dumpster
  • Self-Pay Register Kiosk
From I-15 Exit 6 in St. George, Utah, head north on Bluff Street (which turns into State Route 18). Travel 24 miles and turn right onto the Baker Dam Reservoir Road. Continue .6 miles and turn right into the Recreation Area.

Day use site overlooking Baker Dam Reservoir.  Boating on Baker Dam Reservoir.

Recreation Area Brochure

Location Map

Land Ownership Map

Baker Dam Campground

Important Information
Day Use Fee: $5.00 per vehicle
Open: Year-round

Young boy fishing at the reservoir.

Day use shelter among the trees in Baker Dam Recreation Area