In the early 1980s, the Baker Dam Recreation Area was developed to take advantage of the recreational opportunities provided by the reservoir. Increased public demand led to an expansion of the recreation area in 1994 that included enlarging the campground and adding a day use section. Today, the recreation area serves as a base camp to enjoy not only the reservoir, but adjacent public lands as well. Please protect your resources by acting responsibly and following the rules.
Access roads within the campground and day use area are graded gravel. Both the campground and day use area have accessible vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire pits with grills. Each campsite has RV or vehicle parking and a tent pad. Trash collection is provided. Water and electrical hookups are not available. Campsites are first come, first served.
Interagency Annual, Access, and Senior Passes are honored for day use fees only. All fees collected at this site are used to fund operations, improvements, and repairs at the recreation area.
Stays are limited to 14 days. To protect the area’s natural resources and to minimize impacts to private property, camping is prohibited on BLM managed lands within one mile of the recreation area.
Much of the reservoir’s shoreline is private, but is open for public access. Tread Lightl
Because of extreme drought conditions, Stage 2 fire restrictions are in effect on all federal and state lands in Washington County. These restrictions prohibit campfires and the use charcoal grills in this campground. Gas grills with a shut-off valve can be used in the campground but must be at least 3 feet from any flammable materials. Smoking is only allowed in an enclosed vehicle.
Beginning on September 1, 2021, reservations will be required for all campsites in this campground. Reservations can be made through Rec.gov, starting on August 1, 2021, for up to six months in advance of your visit.
· Reservations are required and can be made at www.recreation.gov, or by calling 1-877-444-6777. First come first serve camping is not permitted and camping payment cannot be made on site.
· No potable water avaialble, bring all water.
· Camp only in designated campsites. Each permit allows only two vehicles per campsite. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campsites cannot be saved. Occupancy limit is 14 days. Check out time is noon.
· Quiet Hours—Quiet hours are 10 pm to 7 am. Generator hours are 9 am to 9 pm. Voices, audio devices, motorized equipment, or other noise producing devices shall not make unreasonable noise that disturbs others.
· Campfires—Firewood Collectiing is Prohibited. Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only. Do not leave fire unattended. Extinguish fire completely before leaving.
· Vehicles— Park only in designated parking areas with four wheels on pavement. Any vehicle that impedes traffic is subject to citation or towing. Parking in campsites for day use is prohibited. Overnight backcountry visitors not staying at a campsite must park at the White Reef Trailhead.
· Day Use—The picnic areas close at sunset.
· Cleaning—Cleaning of food, pots, pans, clothing, or household items at water faucets is prohibited.
· Weapons—Discharge or use of firearms or other weapons is prohibited.
· Pets—Pets must be on leash no longer than six feet and secured to a fixed object or under the control of a person, or is otherwise physically restrained at all times. Do not leave pets unattended.
Pine Valley Ranger District abuts BLM managed lands to the north and east. The Forest provides fishing, hiking, camping, and hunting. Cooler temps prevail with elevations reaching over 6,500 feet in the Pine Valley Mountains.
Snow Canyon State Park. Pine Valley Recreation Area.
Baker Dam Reservoir is known for its cold water game fish. It is annually stocked by the UDWR with rainbow and brown trout, but is also home to non-game, non-native species such as the redside shiner and green sunfish.
Migratory and year-round birds enjoy the reservoir’s open water and the Santa Clara River’s riparian habitat. View birds at the reservoir as well as along the Overlook Trail. Look for Eagles, Gray Flycatchers, Herons, and other waterfowl.
Hunting is permitted on public lands in accordance with Utah state laws and regulations outside of recreation area. There are opportunities to hunt for deer, quail, and rabbit. Keep off highway vehicles on existing roads and trails.
OHVs may travel on BLM managed lands and the Dixie National Forest on existing roads and trails; however, OHV use is not permitted within the recreation area. Please be informed of all laws and regulations relating to OHVs.
For campground inquiries, please call: 435-688-3200
From Interstate 15 Exit 6, head north on Bluff Street (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.