Over 25 of the Best Places to Stand-Up Paddleboard in Utah

September 10, 2018

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Where are the best places to SUP in Utah?

Utah is known as an awesome place for outdoor adventures and Stand-Up Paddleboarding  (SUP) is quickly gaining popularity as a great adventure on the lake. We recently purchased a paddleboard and have loved taking it out for an afternoon with the family.

Looking for a great location to paddle board? We have compiled a list of some of our favorite places to paddle board around the State:

Northern Utah:

Bear Lake (Garden City): This is a beautiful deep blue lake located at the Utah/Idaho boarder with beaches available in Utah or Idaho. Offers great sandy beaches at both Rendezvous Beach (Utah) and North Beach (Idaho).
Restrooms: Flush restrooms along with showers are available at the Rendezvous beach. North Beach includes outhouse restrooms. You can also find outhouses at various parking lots along stretches of side road around the lake.
Fees: Rendezvous beach (Utah location) is a $10/day.  North Beach (Idaho location) is $5/day. You can find parking lots along the roadside as you travel around the lake that do not require any fees.

Pineview Lake (Ogden): Just 15 miles from Ogden. There are six access points along this lake with camping available at the Anderson Cover location.
Restrooms: Available at four access points
Fees: Paid and Free access points available. Fees average $12/day.

Causey Reservoir (Weber County) Located near Ogden and Huntsville. This is a beautiful reservoir, however, the shoreline is mostly rocky. No motorized vehicles are allowed on this water, which makes it perfect for paddleboarding. You will also find some great cliff jumping locations.
Restrooms: Available on South side.
Fees: No fee

Tony Grove Lake (Cache County) Situated on the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway. Campground is located on the southeast shore. A self-guided nature trail circles the lake. There are 3 picnic sites on the east shore of the lake along with paved parking.
Restrooms: unknown, there are restrooms at the nearby campground
Fees: $7 per vehicle

Bountiful Lake (Bountiful) - This is a little community fishery lake that is large enough for paddleboarding around. No motorized vehicles are permitted and because it is mostly used for fishing, you probably don't want to swim in it (although there were some kids swimming there the day we visited). It is beautiful to paddle around on with lots of varieties of fowl flying around. There isn't any sandy beach area, but there are picnic tables, a pavilion, and grassy areas.
Restrooms: Available at parking lot
Fees: No fee

Great Salt Lake (Magna) The largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, and the eighth-largest terminal lake in the world. It is also a popular lake for bird watching. Boat rentals and camping are available.
Restrooms: available
Fees: $3 per vehicle

North East Utah

East Canyon Reservoir (Morgan) Just outside of Salt Lake, this is a great spot for camping or there are also cabins or yurts available to rent. Pavilions are also available for day use.
Restrooms: available
Fees: $10/day & $15/day on weekends

Rockport Lake (Summit County) About 45 min east of Salt Lake. This is a beautiful reservoir that is also popular for camping.
Restrooms: available
Fees: $12/day

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Jordanelle (Wasatch County) Just north of Heber City. This reservoir includes sandy beaches along with pavilions and picnic tables. Camping and cabins are also available for a fee.
Restrooms: available with showers
Fees: Day use starts at $7/day with additional fees for cabanas

Deer Creek ( Wasatch County) About 1 hour from Salt Lake and and 1 1/2 from Provo. Nearby campsites are available with beautiful views of Mount Timpanogos.
Restrooms: available with showers
Fees: $7/day; $10/day during Summer months; $15/day on Summer weekends and holidays

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Deer Valley Pebble Beach (Park City) This is a great place to learn paddle boarding as there is a grassy lounging area and sandy beaches with no motorized vehicles. You can find paddle boarding rentals and lessons provided here.
Restrooms: available at nearby Grocery Cafe
Fees: Free

Smith and Morehouse Reservoir (Kamas) This is a hidden gem with nearby camping available. Opened to motorized vehicles, though a wakeless speed is enforced. There is also a rope swing located across the lake from the main boat launch.
Restrooms: available
Fees: A per-day, per-vehicle fee will be collected on-site beginning with the second vehicle

Echo Reservoir (Coalville) Located less than an hour from Salt Lake. Camping and water toy rentals available including paddle boarding and kayaking. 
Restrooms: available
Fees: $12/day

Central Utah

Blackridge (Herriman) This is a small reservoir within the neighborhoods of Herriman. Includes sandy beaches, playground, and pavilion. Parking is available within the parking lot, however, street parking within the neighborhood must have a permit. No motorized vehicles permitted on the reservoir.
Restrooms: available
Fees: free

Tibble Fork (American Fork Canyon) This fresh water lake has beautiful crystal blue water just 10 minutes up American Fork Canyon. This is a popular location that can get busy on Summer weekends. No motorized boats permitted. 
Restrooms: available
Fees: $6 canyon entry fee

Silver Lake Flat Reservoir (American Fork Canyon) Just 15 minutes past Tibble Fork and less crowded. There is a 3-mile stretch of dirt road to get to Silver Lake Flat.
Restrooms: available
Fees: $6 canyon entry fee

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Highland Glen Pond (Highland) Offers sandy beaches and plenty of grassy areas. Includes a playground, pavilions, and volleyball. There are also trails around the pond.
Restrooms: available
Fees: free

Spanish Oaks Reservoir (Spanish Fork) This is a small reservoir perfect for fishing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Motorized vehicles are not allowed. Includes a park, pavilions, gas grills, and picnic tables.
Restrooms: available 
Fees: free

Utah Lake (Provo/Orem) Utah's Largest fresh water lake is an excellent outlet for swimming, boating, and paddleboarding. 
Restrooms: available 
Fees: $10 per vehicle

Payson Lakes (Spanish Fork) Located just 12 miles from Payson. There are sandy beaches and a paved trail around the lake.
Restrooms: available 
Fees: $7 entrance fee

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Bartholomew Park (Springville) This popular lake has nice sandy beaches, pavilions, areas to play volleyball, horseshoes, and ring toss.
Restrooms: available
Fees: parking permits are free for residents, otherwise, there is a $10/day parking fee.

Manila Creek Pond (Pleasant Grove) This lake has nice sandy beaches and fishing. It is not opened to motorized vehicles. 
Restrooms: available
Fees: Free

Yuba Lake (Levan) Offers camping, warm waters, atv trails, boating, and sandy beaches. Zipline is also now available. 
Restrooms: available
Fees: $10/day

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Gunnison Bend Reservoir (Delta) features a boat dock, shady picnic tables, and a covered pavilion.
Restrooms: available
Fees: free

Huntington State Park (Price) This beautiful lake is surrounded by grassy green land and popular for waterskiing. 
Restrooms: available with showers
Fees: $7/day

Southern Utah

Lake at the Hills (Cedar City) This is a fun little reservoir within the neighborhoods in Cedar City perfect for fishing, non motorized boats, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Includes sandy beaches and kayak rentals.
Restrooms: available
Fees: free

Sand Hollow (Hurricane) Sand Hollow is a beautiful lake set amongst the red rocks near St. George. Nearby camping is also available. This lake is also popular for cliff jumping.
Restrooms: available
Fees: $15/day

Quail Creek (Hurricane) - Just 9 miles west of Hurricane. Includes nearby camping. This lake tends to be a little less crowded.
Restrooms: available with showers
Fees: $15/day

Lake Powell (Garfield, Kane, and San Juan counties) Located at the border of Utah and Arizona. This is a beautiful lake amongst redrocks and one of the few lakes available for house boats. Various boat rentals are available along with campsites and hotels nearby. 
Restrooms: available at select locations near marinas and camping
Fees: $30/week


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