Steinaker Reservoir

Steinaker Reservoir is a beautiful State Park located at the foot of the Uinta Mountains. The park has camp sites, restrooms,water, boat ramp and a fish cleaning station. Steinaker has very good rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegill fishing. Trophy size brown trout are also caught at Steinaker every year. Steinaker is also a popular swimming, boating and ice fishing water.

Steinaker Dam is in need of repair. The Bureau of Reclamation is the owner and manager of that dam and has slated the work for fall 2017/spring 2018. The reservoir will be drained down over the course of the 2017 irrigation season and will not be refilled until after the construction is done. They are telling everyone to expect water delivery interruptions in 2018 and to anticipate refilling the reservoir for the 2019 irrigation season. They anticipate a Draft Environmental Assessment to be released in December 2016, at which time there will be more information on the project. We do not anticipate a fish kill right now because of the amount of water remaining once it is fully drained. We will, however, cut our rainbow trout and brown trout stocking in half in response. We also anticipate year-class failure for largemouth bass and bluegill. A single year-class failure will not harm the overall population.

Latest fishing report

Shore anglers have been extremely successful fishing for rainbow trout with worms, Jake's lures and traditional PowerBait. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent during the warmer parts of the day. There's Bluegill Fishing Tournament happening on June9, which is Free Fishing Day in Utah. To learn more, and to register, visit the Eventbrite signup page. There is no daily bag limit for any species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, and bluegill. This change will remain in effect until December 31, 2018. The Bureau of Reclamation will fill Steinaker to the same level as previous years in 2018. It will be drawn down to dead pool over the course of the 2018 irrigation season. Boaters should be able to launch through the summer, but we expect to lose access to the reservoir via the boat ramp in October. We also expect there to be no storage water in Steinaker during all of 2019. Work on the dam will begin in late fall and will continue through the winter. We will not stock brown or rainbow trout in 2018 or 2019. We hope to be able to begin restoring of the fishery in 2020. (Last update 05-18-18)


  • Location: Uintah County
  • Directions: Located 15 minutes north of Vernal on Higway 191
  • Type: Blue Ribbon
  • Size: 823 acres
  • Elevation: 5,300 feet
  • Hours: Park open 6 a.m. to 10 p
  • Likely catch: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill
  • Possible catch: Brown Trout
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Boat ramp, campground, restrooms, fish cleaning station
  • Handicap access: There are no ADA facilities