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Willard Bay State Park

900 West 650 North, Willard, Utah 84340 USA

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Open Now
Sun 6a-10p
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Wifi

“down by the bay!”

Boat, swim, waterski, and fish on the warm waters of Willard Bay.  Camp under tall cottonwood trees that frame the night sky. During winter months, Willard Bay is a wildlife watching area for nesting eagles. Two areas, North and South Marinas, offer all the amenities for a weekend at the Bay. Willard Bay is a freshwater reservoir located 12 miles northwest of Ogden on the flood plains of the Great Salt Lake. An earth filled dike and natural shoreline make up the 20-mile enclosures. The dike is officially named the Arthur V. Watkins Dam, for a former U.S. Senator from Utah who was essential in getting the Weber Basin Project passed through congress in 1949. The area had a need for a reservoir to store surplus water from the Ogden and Weber rivers that could later be pumped out and used on farmlands.Design and construction of the dam was completed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The reservoir is operated by the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District and recreation activities are administered by the Utah State Parks and Recreation.Willard Bay State Park consists of two separate marinas next to Willard Bay. Recently renovated, the park offers state-of-the-art day-use and camping facilities, boat launch ramps, and group-use areas.Opened to the public as a state park in 1966. Park Elevation: 4,200 feetPark only in designated areas.  Campground areas are for individuals paying for the appropriate camping fee.  Day Use and Fishing patrons are to park only in the day use areas.  If you would like to occupy a campsite for the day please inform the gate staff upon entering so that the appropriate fee can be accessed.  Citations will be issued for non compliance.  Stop The Quagga: Make sure to pick up an AIS Certificate of Decontamination upon entering the park. Have it signed and placed face up on the dash of your vehicle.  Failure to comply can result in a citation.  If your vessel or equipment have been launched within the last 18 days (March-May) or 7 days (June-August) in one of the bodies of water listed, you must have your vessel or equipment decontaminated or show proof of having been decontaminated.  Let the gate staff know.Park Fees: If no gate staff is on-duty at time of entry into park, then you must use a fee envelope to enter the park.  Park fees are year round  Detach and fill out the top portion of  the envelope and leave it face up in your window dropping the envelope in the fee tube.  Citations will be issued for non compliance.Boating Safety: All children under the age of 13 must have a properly fitting coast guard approved life jacket on and fastened while in the boat on the water.  Visit stateparks.utah.gov for further safety requirements regarding boating safety and for a list of required safety equipment. 

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jarrod.lippen

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August 11, 2014
Rated 2.0

We stopped here to camp overnight and get some sleep. The location is nice, but the campground was swarming with mosquitos. Also you could hear the train passing in the night. It woke us up a couple of times in the night.

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Willard Bay State Park

900 West 650 North
Willard, Utah
84340 USA

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Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • 42 Camp Sites
  • Pull Through
  • Full Hookup
  • Tent Sites
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers
  • Paved Sites

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