Looking for a pet-friendly campground with great fishing? Utah's Otter Creek State Park might be just what you're searching for.
Located 220 miles south of Salt Lake City on the shores of Otter Creek Reservoir, the park boasts easy water access and a small, pet-friendly campground. Fishing is the main activity at Otter Creek, which is rated one of the best rainbow trout fisheries anywhere in Utah. Brown trout, cutthroat, and smallmouth bass are also present, while other popular pastimes include boating and waterskiing.
The park is also a favorite with ATV enthusiasts, and there are several trails that run near the reservoir and wind their way through nearby mountains. The 275-mile Paiute Trail, recognized as one of the best ATV trails anywhere in the country, is easily accessible from here.
The Otter Creek State Park campground features 52 sites just a short walk from the water. 15 of those sites are found on the beachfront and also boast electrical hookups, so take a look at a campground map when reserving your site.
Flush toilets and showers are provided, but other than that, this is a fairly basic campground. The sites also aren't the most spacious going around, so during busy periods, you'll need to be happy enough staying in close proximity to your neighbors. Cell service is hard to come by and this is a fairly remote location, so it may not be the best bet for those who like being close to town and all the comforts of everyday life.
An $8 day-use fee applies, while camping costs vary depending on the type of site you select. Sites in the main campground loop are $20 a night, while a beachfront site with electrical hookup will set you back $30 a night.
Dogs are welcome on all sites, but you'll need to keep your pooch on a leash of six feet or shorter and clean up after them at all times. And because shade is limited on some sites, make sure your pet has plenty of water and somewhere to escape the midday heat.
Though it does have its drawbacks, Otter Creek State Park is still a pleasant place to spend a night or three -- especially if you love fishing. With your furry friend by your side, it's a scenic spot for a relaxing weekend away.