Utah State Parks

Mantua Lake 
State Park 

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Mantua Reservoir is located between Brigham City and Logan in Northern Utah. It is a popular lake for bass fishing as well as for bluegill. It now has an abundant population of Yellow Perch as well.

Mantua is a 500-acre reservoir located 15 miles east of Brigham City. This is a place where you can catch fish easily, whether you're in a boat or on shore. Onsite restrooms and a boat ramp make it a convenient recreation spot, and shoreline access around the entire reservoir draws many float-tubing anglers.

Mantua has two fishing opportunities that are hard to beat. The bluegill in Mantua are very plentiful and can grow to record-breaking sizes. The current Utah state record bluegill was caught in Mantua (2 pounds 7 ounces). In the spring, bluegill are very catchable on flies, jigs and poppers. Just wait for the water temperature to reach 60 degrees in May or June and go have a blast.

The other opportunity you shouldn't miss is Mantua's topwater largemouth bass fishing. It's second to none throughout the spring, summer and fall. Throw any topwater bass bait along the shoreline and just hang on to your pole.

In the winter, the yellow perch and rainbow trout also make Mantua a great place to fish through the ice.


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Willard Bay 

Likely catch:

  • Channel Catfish
  • Black Crappie
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Walleye
  • Wiper

  • Location: Box Elder County
  • Directions: Traveling north on I 15, take the exit just north of Smith & Edwards and go west following the signs or go to the Willard exit and go west.
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: 9,900 acres
  • Elevation: 4,223 feet
  • Hours: Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.


  • 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 feet

East Canyon 
State Park

Likely Catch:
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Wiper


Located just 45 minutes from Salt Lake City in northeastern Utah, East Canyon Reservoir is a popular destination for boating, fishing, and camping, but also holds a bit of history.

Located in a narrow-walled canyon, East Canyon State Park is at an elevation of 5,700 feet (1,700 m). Park facilities are open year-round, and include a concrete boat launching ramp, paved parking, restrooms, showers, a fish cleaning station, a 33 unit RVcampground with full and partial hookups, two covered group use pavilionsboat rental, and a snack bar.[3]