Duck Creek – A Beautiful Campground and Pond


If you're looking for a fabulous place to camp in Southern Utah, look no further than the Duck Creek Pond and Campground.

Every year we try to go on at least one camping trip with friends.  We try different campgrounds and have a lot of fun.  Last year we ended up at Cathedral Gorge in Nevada.  This year, we decided to try for a place in Utah.  We ended up at Duck Creek Campground.  I think it was wonderful!

The sunrise over the pines near Duck Creek.

The sunrise over the pines near Duck Creek.

To get to Duck Creek Campground, head west out of Cedar City, UT.  You are driving about 28 miles.  You will pass Navajo Lake on the right.  Drive past it.  Shortly down the road, you will see a turn-off.  Duck Creek pond and campground is on the left.  Duck Creek visitor center is on the right.

The sunrise reflecting off the Duck Creek Pond.

We actually were planning on camping at a different campground, but decided once we arrived to look elsewhere.  So, we ended up at Duck Creek without a reservation.  We were lucky and were able to find two spots together for our family and our friend’s family, but I do recommend making a reservation if you are planning to camp here.  The campground isn’t very large, and it’s quite popular.  Each campground site includes a 12 x 12 tent pad, and a cement pad with a table and campfire circle.

We were at Duck Creek the night of a blue moon.  Sadly, the sky was cloud-covered most of the night.  This is my best shot.

We were at Duck Creek the night of a blue moon. Sadly, the sky was cloud-covered most of the night. This is my best shot.

The site itself is beautiful.  Cedar Mountain is always gorgeous!  But, Duck Creek pond, which is right next to the campground is exceptionally gorgeous.  The pond is stocked with catchable trout, and there isn’t much better than waking up before the sun and watching the sunrise with your pole in the water.

We met this family of geese while heading to fish at Duck Creek pond.

We met this family of geese while heading to fish at Duck Creek pond.

The pond itself isn’t very large, and receives a large amount of fishing pressure, but people have enough success that it is a fishing destination that people drive to come to.  Anglers were having success with PowerBait, worms, spinners, and one young angler was bringing in quite a few trout with dry flies.

These robins were always around our campground.  My budding photographer liked photographing (chasing) them, this is her picture.

These robins were always around our campground. My budding photographer liked photographing (chasing) them, this is her picture.

My kiddos loved trying to photograph (chasing) the animals around the campground.  There were plenty of chipmunks, squirrels, robins, and other wildlife that they were able to photograph quite a few.

This is outlet stream from Duck Creek pond.  It is gorgeous as well.

This is outlet stream from Duck Creek pond. It is gorgeous as well.

There was also a fun interpretive hike near the ampitheatre in the campground.  This hike had laminated trail guides that led us through and around the forest looking at the different stages of a forest and learning about the life cycle of trees.  My kids liked it so much, that they wanted to do it repeatedly.

My Third Grader, fishing at Duck Creek pond.

My Third Grader, fishing at Duck Creek pond.

My Toddler fishing at Duck Creek pond.

My Toddler fishing at Duck Creek pond.

We had a very enjoyable weekend, enjoying the campground, the fishing, and all of the other amazing attractions around Duck Creek.  We went fishing at Pine Valley Reservoir.  We hiked to Cascade Falls.  We visited the Ice Cave.  We spelunked in Mammoth Cave.  We hiked to the Hidden Haven Waterfall.  All-in-all, it was a very enjoyable weekend with LOTS of great family entertainment.  I highly recommend taking your family up and camping at Duck Creek Campground and enjoying all of the wonderful adventures that can be found up in the Cedar Mountains.

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