A few single docks are provided through the Narrows for accessing shore or boat camping in this secluded portion of the reservoir. Predictable afternoon winds make Strawberry a guarantee for great sailing. Water temperatures can be a little cool for wind-surfing, but a dry suit makes all the difference. The temperature seems to discourage most water-skiing and wave-running, although the reservoir is open to all types of watercraft. Strawberry's biggest draw is its unbeatable fishing. It's also a good idea to throw fishing poles in the boat when heading for this mountain reservoir. Four boat ramps around the reservoir offer plenty of locations for getting onto the water. A marina at each boat ramp has gasoline, boat rentals and boat slips available. The main marina at Strawberry Bay also has a dry storage area. A campground can be found adjacent to each boat ramp for overnight stays.
Strawberry Reservoir has long been known as Utah's premiere fishery. The state's record trout was caught at Strawberry in 1930 and weighed 26.5 pounds. The Utah fishing record for kokanee salmon (six pounds) was also set at Strawberry in 1995. The reservoir is stocked with Bear Lake cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and kokanee salmon, and heavy stocking occurs several times annually. Strawberry is well-known for rapid growth of fish and producing record-size trout. Bag limits on Strawberry are generally restricted; be sure to consult the current Utah fishing proclamation for limits and regulations.
The four boat ramps, each with fish cleaning stations, access the open waters of the reservoir and several points from shore will produce nice-sized fish. Numerous bays and protected coves offer incomparable float-tube fishing. Marinas located around the reservoir at each boat ramp offer boat rentals, fishing tackle and a few valuable fishing tips. Check in at the Strawberry Visitor Center, located just off Highway 40 near the reservoir, for the current fishing hot spots and additional recreation information.
In the winter, retreat to the mountains for a little Utah ice fishing on Strawberry Reservoir. Success catching large cutthroat trout is high and a few skilled anglers may even hook onto a kokanee salmon. Winter access is from Highway 40 on the north shore of the reservoir or from the West Side Road to Strawberry Bay Marina. The marina has facilities open year-round including a lodge for overnight stays. The Soldier Creek side of the reservoir is accessible by snowmobile from two plowed parking areas on Highway 40. For current information on ice conditions at Strawberry, contact the Heber Ranger District at 435-654-0470.
Remember that boat rentals should be reserved ahead by calling Strawberry Bay Marina at 435-548-2261. For more recreation and camping information, contact the Heber Ranger District at 435-654-0470, located just east of Heber City on US Hwy 40 or stop in at the Strawberry Visitor Center, located on US Hwy 40, 23 miles east of Heber City at Strawberry Reservoir.
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