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*** Site Availability Information ***: Individual campsites are available for reservation on a four-month rolling basis. For example, on January 10 individual sites are available for reservation through May 10. Group sites are available for reservation on an 11-month rolling basis. You can book a maximum of 13 days beyond the last date of the reservation window. For more information please contact our Reservation Call Center at 800-322-3770 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Monday through Friday. The call center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Starvation State Park, UT

Status: Open year round.
Max reservation window: Sat Nov 28 2015


In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cattlemen and homesteaders tried to make a go of it along the banks of the Strawberry River in the area now occupied by the reservoir and dam. Their story is one of hardship, perseverance and facing near starvation in a very hostile and harsh environment. Winters were hard, long and extremely cold. Their cattle and livestock often froze during these winter months, and the short growing season was hindered by flooding, hailstorms, early frosts and other calamities. They nicknamed the area "Starvation" and it was from this reference that the highway bridge, reservoir, dam and state park received their names.


The sprawling waters of Starvation Reservoir provide for fishing and boating in a stark desert landscape. Located four miles northwest of Duchesne on Highway 40,


This park is popular with anglers, boaters, and those using Starvation as a base camp for nearby off-highway vehicle riding. The annual walleye fishing tournament has become a popular fishing event with trophy 10-plus pound fish being caught each year. The scenic beauty of 3,500 acres of park land, many coves, remote beaches and unusually blue water makes this a favorite of boating enthusiasts statewide


Mountain View and Lowe Beach campgrounds offer hookup sites with shower and restroom accommodations.
Primitive camping is available at serveral locations around the lake, these areas offer no services.

Nearby Attractions:

Red Fleet State Park Steinaker State Park Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum Dinosaur National Monument Duchesne County

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Boat Launch
  • Boating
  • Comfort Station
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Access
  • Hot Showers
  • Modern Restrooms
  • Parking
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Pit Toilet
  • Primitive Site
  • Sewage Disposal Station
  • Showers
  • Small Tree
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Drinking
Alerts and Important Information
  • If towing a trailer in most sites, no extra vehicles can be accommodated. You must call the park if you have an additional vehicle question. (435) 738-2326.
  • If an additional vehicle is approved for your site, you will be charged half a camping fee per night upon entrance to the park.

  • Rabbit Gulch, Indian Bay, Juniper Point and Knight Hollow are not site-specific, each reservation is for a single vehicle only. Campers in these primitive areas may use the showers in the main campground for $2.

  • Must bring your own firewood.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.18972, -110.45278
40°11'23"N, 110°27'10"W

Starvation State Park is located four miles northwest of Duchesne on Highway 40.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Starvation State Park
BOX 584
DUCHESNE  UT  84021-0584

Phone Number:

Information:  (435)738-2326
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