San Rafael Swell Country - Emery County, Utah

San Rafael Swell Water Ways

Lakes, Reservoirs, & Fishing Reports

Cleveland Reservoir

San Rafael Swell Cleveland Reservoir 

Cleveland Reservoir is located in Huntington Canyon high on the east side of the Wasatch Plateau. It receives heavy recreational use and is noteworthy for fishing and scenic beauty. The lake is named after Cleveland Town in Emery County.  Public access is unrestricted. Water is consumed for irrigation and cooling at the Huntington Power Plant, but also used for recreation and cold-water aquatic habitat. Cleveland Reservoir is directly accessible from State Road 31 which follows the shoreline for about a mile. The lake is 19 miles east of Fairview and 29 miles northwest of Huntington. The area receives heavy recreational use, especially on holiday weekends. Fishing is the primary activity, however, boating, camping, swimming, nordic skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling opportunities are also available. There are many places to launch a boat but no improved boat ramps are available. There are no recreational facilities at the lake. Visitors are required to pack out their own trash.


Electric Lake

San Rafael Swell Electric Lake

Electric Lake is located in Huntington Canyon high on the east side of the Wasatch Plateau.  It is a popular recreation site for fishing and boating.  The reservoir was created in 1974 by the construction of an earth-fill dam.  Some access points are limited but the northern end of the reservoir is adjacent to the national forest and access is unrestricted to the reservoir at that point. Water is consumed for irrigation and power plant cooling, but also used for recreation and coldwater aquatic habitat. Enough water is stored to provide enough cooling water for a four year drought, so water levels remain deep throughout most summers. This greatly enhances recreational use.  Although the area generally receives moderate recreational use, heavy usage occurs on summer weekends. Fishing is the primary activity; however, boating, camping, swimming, nordic skiing, sledding and snowmobiling are also popular with visitors. The reservoir is large enough for waterskiing, but the water is too cold for most skiers. If you like large, uncrowded lakes and cold water, this is the place for you.  Electric Lake is accessible from State Road 31 and State Road 264.  State Road 31 follows the south shore for about .5 miles, but there is no boat ramp as this access.  State Road 264 follows the north shore for .5 miles.  There are latrines, and a concrete boat ramp at this site.  Both state roads are maintained year-round, making the area popular for winter recreation.


Green River State Park Golf Course Ponds

San Rafael Swell Green River Golf Course Ponds

The Green River State Park Golf Course Ponds are located in Green River, Utah at the Green River State Park.  To travel to the ponds take the west exit from I-70 into the city of Green River, travel approximately 2.5 miles east to a point where there is a state park sign on the south side of the Rd., turn south there onto Green River Blvd. and travel for 1/2 mile to the state park entrance. The pond is in the state park just south of the entrance.  The pond holds warm water so it is stocked with largemouth bass and bluegill.  Fishing is available year round since the pond rarely freezes.  The pond size is 1 acre. 


Huntington Game Farm

San Rafael Swell Huntington Game Farm

The Huntington Game Farm is located by Huntington, Utah. To travel to the ponds turn North off State Road 31 onto Huntington North Loop Road, travel 1/2 mile, then turn right onto a dirt road at the bend in the paved road. After another 1/2 mile or so, you will reach a locked gate signed as DWR property, park, cross the fence, and travel by foot to the ponds, about 1/4 mile, at forks in the walk-in road, stay to the left, you will pass a couple smaller ponds without fish in them. The pond is stocked with Rainbow trout, Largemouth Bass, and Blue Gill.


Huntington North Lake

San Rafael Swell Huntington North Reservoir

Huntington North Lake is in Emery County, one mile north of Huntington City. It is an intermediate-sized impoundment in arid terrain. The reservoir was created in 1966 by the construction of an earth-fill dam. Public access is unrestricted, though fees are charged in Huntington State Park. Water is consumed for agricultural uses, but also used for recreation and warm water aquatic habitat. Huntington North Lake is accessible via Huntington State Park, one mile north of Huntington City on State Road 10. The area receives heavy recreational use. Fishing, boating, camping, swimming, and picnicking are all available at Huntington State Park. Access to the lake is restricted to the park area. The park charges a fee for day use and for camping. Facilities include a boat launch, picnic pavilions, handicapped-accessible flush toilets, showers, and 30 campsites. There is fishing access with no fees on the south side of the reservoir and on the north side of the reservoir. Do not enter the state park unless you want to pay a fee. Huntington North Reservoir is the base station for the annual San Rafael Classic Triathlon.


Joe's Valley Reservoir

Joe's Valley Reservoir is located approximately 12 miles west of Orangeville, Utah. Public accessibility is basically unrestricted. Reservoir water is currently used for recreation, cold water fishery and agriculture. Joe's Valley Reservoir is directly accessible from State Road 10 near Castle Dale via State Road 57 on the south or State Road 29 on the north. Proceed west for approximately 12 miles from Orangeville through Straight Canyon to the reservoir. The reservoir is nestled in a north/south valley with relatively steep terrain on the east and west slopes. It is a beautiful area and generally receives moderately heavy usage with heavy use on holiday weekends. Fishing is the primary activity, however, boating, camping, swimming, nordic skiing and snowmobiling are also thoroughly enjoyed. Fishing is generally very good with excellent ice fishing in the winter. The reservoir provides fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, splake, brown and lake trout. Recreational facilities are fairly extensive and there are some commercial facilities (full service marina, general store and restaurant) located at the reservoir. Commercial services provided include: gas, camping equipment, fishing tackle, boats, groceries, and boat storage. Two camping areas are located at the reservoir. Near the boat ramp is a trailer camping area with 17 sites available. Fire rings, standing grills, tables and vault rest rooms are located outside the parking area with parking for boat trailers in the area. There are no electrical hookups or dump station present, but dump stations are available at Castle Dale. Two campgrounds (46 site and 18 site) are located in one general area on the west side of the reservoir. Single and multiply family units are provided. Fire rings, standing grills, tables, vault toilets, water and asphalt pads are available. Several fisherman parking areas and rest room facilities are located at convenient places around the reservoir.


Miller Flat Reservoir

San Rafael Swell Miller Flat Reservoir

Miller Flat Reservoir is located in Huntington Canyon at the base of Bald Mountain. It is situated in a meadow area of grass and sage surrounded by aspen and conifer forests.   Public accessibility is currently unrestricted. Miller Flat Reservoir is accessible from State Road 31 between Fairview and Huntington.  A gravel road located between Huntington and Cleveland reservoirs is the turnoff point from State Road 31. It is approximately 16 miles east of Fairview City and 32 miles northwest of Huntington City. The road is well marked and Miller Flat Reservoir is approximately 3-4 miles south. This road continues past the reservoir and terminates at Joes Valley Reservoir. Although the area generally receives moderate recreational usage, heavy usage occurs on holiday weekends.  Fishing is the primary activity, however, boating, camping, swimming, nordic skiing and snowmobiling are also thoroughly enjoyed.  Recreational facilities are limited and primitive in the area. Visitors are required to pack out their own trash. There are Forest Service Campgrounds in the area but not in close proximity to the reservoir.


Millsite Reservoir

San Rafael Swell Millsite Reservoir

Millsite Reservoir is in Emery County at the mouth of Ferron Canyon. It is one of several large reservoirs on the east slopes of the high plateaus of central Utah, so it does not receive a great deal of recreational use, although Millsite State Park is at the facility.  High bluffs at the mouth of Ferron Canyon provide a spectacular backdrop to the reservoir. The reservoir was created in 1974 by the construction of an earth-fill dam. Public access is somewhat restricted. Water is consumed for irrigation, but also used for recreation and coldwater aquatic habitat. Millsite Reservoir is within Millsite State Park, 2 miles west of State Road 10 in Ferron City on Canyon Road (100 S). The area is a four season recreational area. Fishing, boating, camping, swimming, and picnicking facilities are all popular. It is also a good area for watching eagles. The park charges a fee for day use and a fee for camping. Facilities include a boat launch, picnic pavilions, showers, flush toilets, drinking water, a sandy beach, and 20 campsitesMillsite Golf Course is adjacent to the park.


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