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Starvation Reservoir

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Starvation Reservoir is a great place for boating, fishing, camping and other activities near Duschesne, Utah. It is a large 3,495 surface acre reservoir.


Fred Hayes Park at Starvation incudes the reservoir, camping areas, a 3-D Archery Range, slackline park, ATV trails and more.

The reservoir is popular for boating, waterskiing, kayaking and playing on the beach.


Starvation is known for its Walleye, but it also has Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, carp, and a few chubs.


There are cabins, developed campsites complete with showers, and primitive camping at Starvation Reservoir.

History and Facts

There are a few stories about how the area was named Starvation. It’s unclear which was true, but somehow either cattle or people starved due to the severe winters and short growing season.

In 1970 a dam was built to create the reservoir and shortly thereafter the state park was created.


There are osprey at Starvation Reservoir. I found this nest with several and had fun taking their pictures.

Starvation Reservoir Stats:  

Restrooms: Yes

Permits required: $10/vehicle

Pets allowed – Yes (except on beaches)

Even larger reservoirs are Strawberry Reservoir and Flaming Gorge. If you are heading north, you can explore the Vernal Area in Northeast Utah.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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