Area Guide

Quail Creek State Park Area Guide

Quail Creek State Park Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Opened to the public in 1986 as a state park, Quail Creek draws boaters, campers, adventurers, and anglers all year long with some of the state's warmest waters and mildest winters. Learn more about our little slice of paradise with our area guide.

In order to supply the St. George region with water for cultivation and cooking, the Quail Creek reservoir was finished in 1985. The Virgin River is diverted and used to transfer the majority of the water that enters the reservoir instead of Quail Creek.

The reservoir is created by two dams. An earth-fill embankment dam serves as the primary dam. The old earth-fill dam that failed in the early hours of January 1, 1989, was replaced with the roller-compacted concrete south dam. Quail Creek can reach a maximum depth of 120 feet, making it sufficiently cold to support the rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, and crappie that have been stocked there. The warmer top layers of the reservoir are ideal for bluegill and largemouth bass, both of which are stocked.

Where is Quail Creek State Park?

Quail Creek State Park is located 13 miles northeast of St. George, right off I-15. South of Salt Lake City by 293 miles.

Take the Hurricane exit off of I-15 (Exit 16). After traveling three miles east on Highway 9 in the direction of Hurricane City, turn left at the second traffic signal. You’ll find the entrance on the right side of the street.

Quail Creek State Park

472 N 5300 W

Hurricane, UT 84737

(435) 879-2378

Lodging & Dining

There are many hotels located just a short drive from Quail Creek State Park. However, we recommend reserving one of the many campsites. This park provides excellent year-round camping with modern amenities. Tent camping and RVs up to 35 feet long can both use back-in and pull-through sites. This campsite does not have full hookups or showers.

There are hundreds of excellent restaurants, bars, and grocery stores around the park as well!

When to Visit

The park is open year-round from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Our summers are hot, and our winters are mild. We recommend checking the weather prior to your visit. Our off-season doesn't see as much activity, but we will still rent to you! The best way to secure a rental in the off-season is by calling our office to make reservations.

Entrance Fees

We are located inside Quail Creek State Park. You will need to purchase an entrée fee to enter the park.

$15 for day-use includes the use of boat ramps

$10 day-use for Utah seniors 62+

$75 annual pass is available at the park

$35 Senior Adventure (annual) Pass: available at the park

Group day use areas are available

Safety First!

While bass, bluegill, trout, and crappie are stocked in the lake, you do not need to worry about any dangerous fish. Please keep in mind that we are in a State Park, where animals live. But they tend not to affect our kayaking and paddleboarding sessions. The biggest thing to worry about is the sun and dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen/protective clothing.

It’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local flora and fauna. Camp rangers are happy to help you learn about staying safe while enjoying our beautiful park.

Activities Around Quail Creek State Park

There is plenty to do in our state park, including:

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Wakeboarding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • ATV Trails
  • Hiking
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