Starvation State Park – A Beautiful Utah Recreation Area!


Just west of Duchesne, Utah is the wonderful Starvation State Park.  It has many opportunities for wonderful family experiences.

In Duchesne County, just west of the city of Duchesne is the beautiful Starvation State Park.  Starvation State Park is an amazing recreation area.  It has spots for fishing, boating, and swimming in the water.  Starvation is well-maintained and very fun!

The beautiful Starvation State Park.

The beautiful Starvation State Park.

Starvation State Park has several campgrounds.  They have primitive campgrounds, and they have well-maintained campgrounds.  The Beach and Mountain View campgrounds are well set-up with gorgeous camping sites, running water, and showers.  The other campgrounds are all primitive, with restrooms, but without running water.  They all offer gorgeous and wonderful access to the wilderness of the park. The more primitive the camping, the more wilderness there is.

My Fifth Grader fishing at Starvation State Park.

My Fifth Grader fishing at Starvation State Park.

To get into the Beach and Mountain View campgrounds, as well as the Indian Bay primitive campground, you will head up the paved road near the gas station in Duchesne.  You will drive about three miles on nice paved roads, and come to a pay station.  It’s $8 for a day pass, for one car with up to eight passengers.  Turn right to go to the Beach Campground and Day-Use area.  Go straight to go to the Indian Bay Primitive Campground.

My Toddler fishing (digging in the dirt, while holding on to her trusty fishing pole) at Starvation State Park.

My Toddler fishing (digging in the dirt, while holding on to her trusty fishing pole) at Starvation State Park.

We love going to the Beach campground.  We have camped there, but most days we just go there to play.  The Beach Campground has a gorgeous manicured beach where the kids can get down and play and splash in the water.  They have a day-use area with charcoal grills and volleyball nets and it’s just a great park, as well as being a great place for the kiddos to get wet.

My third grader casting into Starvation State Park.

My third grader casting into Starvation State Park.

We also love going to the Beach Campground, because it has a little hidden cove that’s great for fishing.  If you go the the furthest west campsite, and look south, you will see a trail going over the little hills there.  Don’t go up the trail.  Go along the beach.  With the water high right now, we’ve had to splash through the water to get there.  You will be in a little cove with lots of rocks.  The water is very deep here, and the fishing is decent.  We’ve had the most luck using spinners. We split our family up, and took the ones that wanted to go fishing up into the cove with one parent and let the others play and splash in the water and build castles on the beach with the other parent.

The beautiful Mommy Crusader, fishing at Starvation State Park.

The beautiful Mommy Crusader, fishing at Starvation State Park.

Another place that we have enjoyed is the Indian Bay Primitive Campground.  If you drive down, you can get to a point.  There is a little cove there where the kids can splash and play, as well as some good rocks to cast your fishing pole from.

My Third Grader, preparing to cast into the Starvation Reservoir at Starvation State Park.

My Third Grader, preparing to cast into the Starvation Reservoir at Starvation State Park.

We also have enjoyed going up the hill on the dirt road.  We have found the Knight Hollow primitive campground.  You will follow the road up until you see Knight Hollow and turn left and go down the trail.  There is a self-pay station at the bottom of the hill.  It’s $8 for a day-use pass.  We drove through the campground until we are at some gorgeous rocks for fishing.

The kiddos loved this place.  We didn’t get in the water and splash, but they did run and climb on the rocks and we fished.  We had the best luck with a Panther-Martin black and gold spinner.  We were able to spread the kiddos out and give them all a great fishing experience.  We were there right at Sunset, and the picture opportunities were excellent!

Just west of Duchesne, Utah is the wonderful Starvation State Park.  It has many opportunities for wonderful family experiences.

If you are looking for a fun adventure that appeals to many different type of adventurers, Starvation State Park is a wonderful destination.  It is beautiful.  The fishing is decent, and there are many different choices for recreation.

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