Boating, fishing, and pet-friendly camping -- that's what you can expect at Quail Creek State Park, which sits on the shores of Quail Creek Reservoir to the south of Harrisburg, Utah.
As the reservoir boasts some of the warmest waters in the state, not to mention a mild climate, it's a popular watersports destination all year round. Anglers can target rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, largemouth bass, and more, while the park's boat ramp provides easy access for water skiers and other leisure boaters. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are also available, while the refreshing waters attract plenty of swimmers during the summer months.
The small campground in Quail Creek State Park sits next to the lake and features 22 sites to accommodate tents and RVs. It offers some lovely views of Utah's iconic red rock country, but the hilly terrain means that most sites aren't level. There are a few sites that can accept RVs up to 35 feet long, but you'll need to book in advance to make sure you don't miss a spot.
There are restrooms but no showers, and there are no full hookups available. As a result, campers who like to have all the creature comforts close to hand may want to stay elsewhere. However, there are coin-operated showers available at nearby Sand Hollow State Park if needed.
A day-use fee of $15 applies, while campsites cost $30 a night. Sites are clean and well-kept, and all in all, the campground is usually a quiet and peaceful place to spend the night.
Dogs are permitted on all but one site, but must be kept leashed (leashes of six feet or shorter) and cleaned up after at all times. While there's some shade available, you should always make sure your pooch has somewhere they can get out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
Quail Creek State Park is a pleasant camping destination for anyone who loves water-based recreation. If you're traveling through this part of Utah, perhaps on the way to Zion National Park, it's worth stopping in for a while.