Strawberry Reservoir – A Beautiful Utah State Park in the Uinta National Forest


Strawberry Reservoir - A Beautiful State Park in the Uinta National Forest.  A wonderful location for a family retreat!

We like fishing and being in the outdoors with my family.  Well, my daughter heard about Strawberry Reservoir in her class at school, and then, KSL Outdoors did a segment on Strawberry Reservoir.  And that’s all we’ve heard about since.  We needed to plan a trip out to Strawberry Reservoir.  My daughter was sure that we were going to catch fish, because they caught fish on the TV.  Mommy Crusader and I both informed her that we were missing one key component of how they caught the fish on TV, and that was a boat.  But, her enthusiasm couldn’t be swayed, so we headed out to Strawberry Reservoir.

Strawberry Reservoir is absolutely gorgeous!

Strawberry Reservoir is absolutely gorgeous!

Mommy Crusader helping my preschooler with her fishing rod at Strawberry Reservoir.

Mommy Crusader helping my preschooler with her fishing rod at Strawberry Reservoir.

Strawberry Reservoir is about 30 miles south out of Heber City, UT.  It is a very large body of water, with many different areas to play and go fishing at.  As I was asking around, several people told me to head to Haws Point.  There’s no camping at Haws Point, there’s no boat dock either, and the water drops off quickly, making it a good place for anglers to fish at.

My toddler, making her way through the tall grass at Strawberry Reservoir.

My toddler, making her way through the tall grass at Strawberry Reservoir.

My preschooler loved darting through the tall grass at Strawberry Reservoir!

My preschooler loved darting through the tall grass at Strawberry Reservoir!

To get to Haws Point, you will be on the west side of Strawberry Reservoir.  Drive past the visitor’s center and the marina and follow the signs.  We did pay an $8.00 day-use fee, as we weren’t planning on camping.  Camping is $20.00 a night.  We then followed the road to Haws point.  There is a a large parking lot and a restroom right at the point.  The path from the parking lot went straight down to some picnic tables.  Yeah!  A great place for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs!  Then, the path went straight down to the lake.

Thistles are NOT fun to play in, but they have beautiful flowers!

Thistles are NOT fun to play in, but they have beautiful flowers!

There is a lot of wildlife to enjoy at Strawberry Reservoir.  These two loons were very fun to watch.

There is a lot of wildlife to enjoy at Strawberry Reservoir. These two loons were very fun to watch.

There were A LOT of people at Haws Point when we arrived.  There wasn’t much space to spread my family out.  When you are fishing using 6 1/2 poles (our toddler has a baby pole that isn’t strung, because she wants to fish, but she catches more people than fish with a hook), you need to be able to spread out.  But, we made it work.  We set out four poles with powerbait, two with weights to put the powerbait near the bottom, and two with floats to put the powerbait near the top.  Then, we used two poles with spinners and other lures.

My First Graders, leaving his pole for a minute for the wave to get him wet!  He absolutely loved getting splashed by the boat wakes.

My First Graders, leaving his pole for a minute for the wave to get him wet! He absolutely loved getting splashed by the boat wakes.

A fire pit, a picnic table, hot dogs, and marshmallows.  My kids LOVED their time at Strawberry Reservoir!

A fire pit, a picnic table, hot dogs, and marshmallows. My kids LOVED their time at Strawberry Reservoir!

It didn’t appear that anyone around us was having luck.  My kids became bored pretty fast, and wanted to play.  They LOVED playing in the grass, because it was taller than they were(which made taking pictures interesting).  The entire time we were there, we didn’t see a single fish being caught, by anybody.  But, that was okay.  We had a blast!  The kiddos loved playing in the grass and roasting marshmallows and hot dogs.  The views were spectacular and it was a great family outing.  It’s not always necessary to be a successful fishing trip for it to be a great adventure!

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