On the Reservoir
Deer Creek Reservoir stores water from the Provo River and two other rivers and is a part of the Provo River Project, which the Bureau of Reclamation began construction on in the late 1930s. At six miles long, the reservoir has a surface area of 2,965 acres, and its deepest point is 137 feet. The area became a state park in 1971, allowing for ample recreation both on the reservoir itself and along its 18 miles of shoreline.
On the far edge of the lake, a towering white sailboat caught my eye. The area is popular with windsurfers, kiteboarders, and jet surfers, and I made a mental note to plan a wind-based water adventure in the future.
As we approached the island, I noticed a few kayaks perched at the water’s edge. People lounged on the island’s sandy beach, chomping on chips and munching on grapes, snacking and relaxing before the journey back to shore.
We decided to circumnavigate the island, making a counterclockwise loop around it. At first the water was gentle and flat, but when we reached the far side of the island, the waves kicked up in an adventurous contrast to the gentle waters on the other side. Carefully placing each stroke and darting between waves, we made it back to the calmer waters in just a few minutes.
We paddled around for another hour or two, losing track of time while alternating between relaxing in the calm water close to shore and paddling out further into the open water for a bit more turbulence. Finally, as the sun dropped down in the sky, it was time to think about heading to shore.