Strawberry Reservoir, Utah, USA

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Also known as:  The Berry

Strawberry Reservoir, known locally as The Berry, is Utah’s most popular fishing spot. Located in Wasatch County, a convenient 65 miles east of the Wasatch Front and the cities of Salt Lake, Provo and Orem, Strawberry Reservoir draws visitors from around the state and country. Fishing on Strawberry Reservoir is so popular one may think it was built just for casting a line into the water. In reality, Strawberry Reservoir is part of the Central Utah Project (CUP), which provides water to the state’s parched farmland and arid urban landscapes. Part of the Mountainland Tourism Region of Utah, this 17,164-acre reservoir grew out of the 1922 Strawberry Valley Project. The original 8,400-acre reservoir was formed by constructing Strawberry Dam on the Strawberry River. In 1973, Strawberry Reservoir was enlarged to hold its current water volume of 1,106,500 acre-feet.

Surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, Strawberry Reservoir offers a wide range of recreational opportunities. Fishing, however, is the most popular attraction. There are four major fishing areas; the most popular is Strawberry Basin. This area lies at the north end of the lake and covers the original 8,400-acre Strawberry Reservoir. Meadows Basin, or Indian Creek Bay, lies at the south end of this larger body of water. The Narrows is a drainage channel for Strawberry River and Indian Creek, which flows into Soldier Creek Basin. This basin lies over the original Soldier Creek Reservoir. Stinking Springs and Soldier Creek Bay lie in the deepest area of Strawberry Reservoir.

Strawberry Reservoir has not always been the clean, well-managed fishery that it is today. In 1961 and again in 1990, Strawberry Reservoir was chemically treated to remove competitive nongame fish, Utah chub and Utah sucker. Since that time, The Berry has been restocked with Bear Lake cutthroat trout, sterilized rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Management of the fishery has been a tremendous success with Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources reporting anglers “fishing over 1.4 million hours and catching more than 617,000 game fish each year,” yielding a catch rate of 0.5 fish per hour.

If you are new to Strawberry, a Forest Service visitor center is available near the northwest shoreline at the intersection of highway 40 and west side road. Stop here for current fishing information, maps and published guides. Boat access to Strawberry Reservoir can be found at four public ramps. Strawberry Bay Marina is located on the western shore at Strawberry Bay; Renegade Point lies at the southwestern end of Meadows Basin; and Soldier Creek Marina and Aspen Grove are on the northern and southern shore of Soldier Creek Basin, respectively. All launches are paved and provide access to accompanying Forest Service campgrounds. Facilities at these sites include sanitary dump stations, group pavilions, and stores. For those needing a sit-down dinner and place to rest, a restaurant and lodge are available at Strawberry Bay. Additional day-use areas scattered around the shoreline include Mud Creek, Chicken Creek East and West, Soldier Creek Bay and Soldier Creek Dam.

Portions of The Berry lie within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest boundaries. Drive into the forests and you can backpack into the solitude of seven wilderness areas. If you prefer something a little less adventurous, there are 1,524 miles of hiking trails and 245 miles of motorized trails. Picnic areas, interpretive or wildlife viewing sites and scenic byways are within easy driving distance of Strawberry Reservoir. Before venturing out, visitors should remember that weather can be unpredictable in high mountain terrain. While summer temperatures may reach 80 degrees, nighttime temperatures can reach freezing.

The opportunities for fun and recreation don’t end at Strawberry Reservoir. Enjoy a scenic drive north to Heber Valley and you will find the welcoming communities of Heber City, Midway, Charleston and Daniels. Here, attractions are as varied as the countryside itself. The entire family can enjoy a scenic trip or dinner theater on the Heber Valley Railroad. Museums, day spas and local theaters provide daytime and evening entertainment. Get a sense of life in the West by attending Heber Valley Pow Wow, an annual Native American gathering, watch dogs compete at the Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Classic, or rodeo at the Mountain Valley Stampede. For a rare mountain attraction, you can scuba dive in the warm waters of Homestead Crater.

During winter months, Strawberry Reservoir and the Wasatch Mountains become a mecca for winter sport enthusiasts. Available for public use, the Utah Athletic Foundation manages the world-class sport facilities from the 2002 Winter Olympics. Whether you enjoy ice fishing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, down-hill or cross-country skiing, the high mountainlands of Utah welcome you. Vacation rentals and real estate properties found near Strawberry Reservoir and throughout Heber Valley will provide the perfect accommodation for your stay. Here you can watch the sunset while you grill your morning catch or watch the snow fall as you sit by the fireside. Find a place you can call home and live the sights and sounds of The Strawberry in Utah’s majestic mountains.

Things to do at Strawberry Reservoir

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Scuba Diving
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • National Forest
  • Museum

Fish species found at Strawberry Reservoir

  • Carp
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Kokanee Salmon
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Sucker
  • Trout

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Strawberry Reservoir Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Surface Area: 17,164 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 7,602 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 7,612 feet

Average Depth: 64 feet

Maximum Depth: 200 feet

Water Volume: 1,106,500 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1998

Drainage Area: 193 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

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Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

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Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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