Gunlock State Park

Gunlock State Park   |  Utah State Parks
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Drive a short 15 miles northwest of St. George, and you’ll find Gunlock State Park. Here, day-use visitors and overnight campers fish, hike, paddleboard and boat amid the arid, red rock landscape. This family-friendly park covers 248 acres surrounding the tranquil, clear blue waters of Gunlock Reservoir. Known for excellent fishing, boating and watersports, Gunlock State Park provides year-round recreation — in the water and waterfalls during the heat of summer and on the sun-filled shoreline during mild winters.

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Paddle Among Red Rocks and Waterfalls at Gunlock Reservoir State Park

Written By Matcha

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Pack up your gear and head out to Gunlock Reservoir near St. George. Bring your SUP, kayaks, jet skis and power boats for a day full of watersport excitement.

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Before You Go

Things to Know

  • Gunlock State Park is approximately 15 miles northwest of St. George. To get there from St. George, you’ll take Bluff Street and W Sunset Blvd until you reach W Old Highway 91/Santa Clara Drive. Continue on W Old Highway for about seven miles, then take a slight right onto Gunlock Drive. The park will be on your right. 
  • A day-use entry fee is required; purchase in-person or online. The Annual Utah State Park Pass is accepted for park entry. Advance camping reservations are recommended.
  • Park hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round. 
  • Boat ramps are open May through Labor Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., September through October from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November through March on weekends only from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check with Utah State Parks for the latest reservoir levels.
  • If you want to see the incredible Gunlock Falls, visit during the late spring to see the best flow.

Responsible Travel Tips

Travel responsibly to help keep our state parks in pristine condition for future guests. As you plan a trip to Gunlock State Park, remember these tips: 

  • If you’re planning to fish, familiarize yourself with Utah wildlife and fishery regulations, limits and license requirements. 
  • Keep cars, trash and other pollutants away from the reservoir to protect water quality and aquatic life. 
  • Plan and prepare to pack out all of your garbage.
  • For campfires, use the designated fire rings and extinguish fires completely. You should also familiarize yourself with fire safety practices.
  • Whether driving a car or hiking, use designated routes and trails.
  • Only use existing campsites; do not try to set up camp off-site.
  • Respect local wildlife and plants at all times. Don’t pick flowers, collect rocks, make carvings in trees, etc.

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Weather at Gunlock State Park

At an elevation of 3,600 feet, you can expect mild weather at Gunlock State Park throughout most of the year. The highest temperatures are between June and September, but temperatures in winter rarely drop below freezing.

Average Daily High and Low Temperatures 

March: 62/37 F (16/4 C)
69/42 F (20/5 C)
79/50 F (26/10 C)
90/58 F (32/14 C)
96/65 F (35/18 C)
94/63 F (34/17 C)
86/56 F (30/13 C)

Gunlock State Park's waterfalls typically run in the late spring.

Photo: Utah State Parks

Gunlock Reservoir’s warm, calm waters are ideal for boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing and swimming.

Photo: Utah State Parks

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