This unique Fishing and Wildlife Preserve is perfect for your next Utah family vacation, fishing trip, corporate retreat, or group getaway. Nestled within Utah Juniper and Pinion Pines, on the shores of several private lakes, these cabins and campgrounds provide quiet seclusion and enjoyable outdoor recreation for all kinds of groups. With spectacular trophy trout fishing, boating and water sports, and numerous hiking & mountain biking trails, clients will never run out of things to do.
The lodges private fly fishing lakes and the surrounding environment provide you with fantastic private trout fishing, wildlife viewing, bird watching, and endless family and group outdoor fun. Located just two hours East of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the shadow of Utah’s High Uintas Wilderness Area and the Ashley National Forest, the family resort is also close to additional mountain scenery, hiking, fishing, backpacking and more. The resort lies on the edge of Big Sand Wash Reservoir, which provides clients with boating, water skiing, wake boarding, and numerous other water recreation opportunities.
During your stay, you may want to enjoy some of the spectacular fishing that is found within a few minutes’ drive of the property. The south slope of the Uintah Mountain’s provides some of the best, unspoiled trout fishing in the entire state. Many fly fishermen travel from all over the country to enjoy the rivers, streams, and lakes surrounding the lodge. If you are not familiar with these waters, the best way to enjoy them is with a guide.
Here’s some of our favorite spots:
Yellowstone River- Located about 15 minutes north of the lodge, the Yellowstone River is one of the finest small, freestone trout streams around. With abundant populations of rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook trout, this river can often produce fast action and occasionally a very big fish. The Yellowstone is best fished with a fly rod and dry flies, but spinning rods with a spinner also work well. Access to the Yellowstone is best found once inside the National Forest boundary. The Yellowstone/Swift Creek trailhead area can produce fast fishing.
Uintah River- Located about 30 minutes northeast of the lodge is the Uintah River drainage. One of the largest rivers on the south slope of the Uintah’s, this river holds some large brown trout, as well as brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. Access is best above Neola once you enter the National Forrest.
Whiterocks River– Similar to the Yellowstone & Uintah Rivers, the Whiterocks is a productive fishing drainage on the south slope of the Uintah’s. About a 45-minute drive from the lodge, the Whiterocks River provides fast action for brook and cutthroat trout and the occasional brown or rainbow. It is a very scenic river, but sometimes hard to fish on because it is mostly on Native American land and has only a few access points on National Forest land.
Rock Creek– Rock Creek produces some of the most reliable small river fishing around. Everyone will enjoy fishing either in or below Upper Stillwater reservoir or further down Rock Creek as it flows below the dam. Access is very good on National Forest Land and fishing is usually fast.
Green River- Located about an hour and half drive from the lodge, but very much worth the drive, the Green River is the premier fly fishing river in Utah. The “A” section is world famous for its amazing scenery and abundance of large brown trout, and the “B” & “C” sections are scenic wonders in their own right with spectacular fishing. If you are interested in fishing the “Green” a guided trip is highly recommended. Call for information on specific outfitters permitted on the Green.
Strawberry Reservoir– This lake is home to abundant cutthroat and rainbow trout. Most of these fish average about 16-18 inches and 1 to 2 pounds but fairly often a real hog gets caught. Some have been weighed in the 20-pound range. Strawberry is best fished from a boat, pontoon boat, or float tube.
Starvation Reservoir- If you’re after some large lake fishing for cool and warm water species, Starvation Reservoir near Duchesne can produce some of the best fishing around. Great for Walleye, small-mouth bass, some trout, and even carp fishing, Starvation is a fishing and boating paradise. Starvation is located only a 30-minute drive southwest of the lodge.
The fly fishing around the lodge is spectacular regardless of whether or not you have arranged for a professional guide. Experienced fly fishermen who have some knowledge of fishing stillwater will find the rivers around the lodge to be one of the top fisheries around. However, regardless of your experience level, with one of their guides by your side you will have the best chance for even greater fishing success.
Their fly fishing guides have logged hours on the lakes and nearby streams and know the best spots for access, locations for finding fish, and what equipment and flies to use depending on time of day, time of year, and weather conditions.
They offer flexible, ‘all-inclusive’ guided packages that allow for a little or a lot of fishing and are adaptable to all skill levels.
Guided Fly Fishing Prices:
Half Day (up to 4 hours): $395
Full Day (about 8 hours): $495
Maximum group size is 3 fishermen per guide – if you have four people, you need two guides.
This facility offers a variety of accommodations ranging from their luxurious Loon cabin and the family-friendly Eagle cabin to wonderful group camping sites. Because cabins and camping can be rented individually or all together, the facility is a great option for both large small groups and families.
The spectacular new Cliff Lake Lodge has 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms and overlook Cliff Lake and Big Sandwash Reservoir and will be available to rent April 1, 2024. This beautiful new lodge will be perfect for groups of 16 to 30 people. This lodge has a beautiful 1500 square foot covered deck with gas fire pit. The kitchen living room area is an open concept that combined with the deck can seat all of your family in the same area. The kitchen is furnished with all of the luxuries you would find in the finest homes and will make you feel like you never want to leave.
During the summer months’ groups that rent the new Cliff Lake Lodge will receive private use of the 5 camper cabins at the campground area, and the recreation center for their group. Groups will be able to sleep up to an additional 25 people in the camper cabins.
The beautiful Loon Cabin has 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms. The main floor has a beautiful, fully stocked kitchen, a spacious living room with a gas fireplace, a ½ bathroom, and a master bedroom with a king bed and private bathroom. The upstairs has two bedrooms, each with a queen bed and their own private bathroom, and a sitting area with a sleeper sofa and a desk. The downstairs has a fun TV/game room, laundry room, and two bedrooms. Each downstairs bedroom has a private bathroom and a queen bed and a bunk bed (2 twin beds). The exterior of the cabin has lots of parking with a paved parking lot and gravel parking areas. It also has a covered deck that wraps around the entire cabin with two barbecues and lots of tables and chairs for up to 30 people.
The backyard has a great lawn area, beautiful, 10-person, commercial hot tub, and a gas fire pit area. Trails lead from the backyard to a horseshoe pit and wood-burning fire pit and down to a dock area on beautiful Loon Lake where canoes and a rowboat are waiting for you. The Loon Cabin has central heating and A/C, WiFi internet, satellite TV, and a foosball table in the downstairs TV room.
The newly remodeled Eagle Cabin Complex includes a main cabin and two bunkhouses and is a perfect mix of rustic and modern. The cabin was remodeled in 2015 leaving the antique wood planks on the exterior of the cabin to provide a rustic cabin appearance and upgrading the interior for modern comfort and convenience. The main cabin’s main floor now features a beautifully remodeled kitchen and dining area. With stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and an open floor plan this fully furnished kitchen and dining area is perfect for groups of up to 20 people. The main floor also has a nice living room with satellite TV, a master bedroom with a king bed, and a main floor bathroom. The downstairs has a laundry area, a full bathroom, and a bedroom with a queen bed and a bunk bed (full and twin bed). The main cabin has central heating and A/C, satellite TV, and a fully-furnished kitchen.
Eagle Bunkhouse #1- Located next to Eagle Cabin, this rustic bunkhouse provides sleeping and bathroom accommodations for guests staying at the Eagle Cabin complex. With a queen bed and two bunk beds, one bunk bed has two twin beds and the other has a twin on top and a queen bed on the bottom. Bunkhouse #1 can sleep up to seven people in beds. This bunkhouse also has a bathroom, shower, refrigerator, and microwave.
Eagle Bunkhouse #2- Located just down the hill from Eagle Cabin, this bunkhouse is very close to Eagle Lake and has a wonderful view of the lake right out the front door. With one queen bed and one bunk bed, up to 4 guests can sleep in this cabin. It has a bathroom with a shower, mini refrigerator, microwave, and a small kitchen counter with a sink.
The bunkhouses are winterized from December 1 – May 1 and will not have running water, maybe be winterized earlier in November if weather is unusually cold, call to verify.
Rent the Entire Resort
Rent the entire Resort and Fishing Preserve for large groups and get private use of all of the beautiful facilities.
For one low price your group can have the Loon Cabin, Eagle Cabin Complex, Recreation Center, both the Canoe and Teepee Group Use Areas. The group areas include five single cabins, 4 RV sites with hookups and additional space for dry RVs. You can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 100 people and have private use of all of the beautiful facilities and recreation this resort has to offer.
Let us know what dates you are considering and how many are in your group and we’ll put together a quote for you.