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Quail Creek State Park, Hurricane

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Quail Creek State Park is a state park of Utah, USA, featuring a 600acre reservoir. The park is located 9mi west of Hurricane and 1.5mi south of Harrisburg. Quail Creek State Park offers camping, boating, swimming, and fishing.The maximum depth of Quail Creek can reach 120ft, it is cold enough to sustain the stocked rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, and crappie. Largemouth bass, which are also stocked, and bluegill thrive in the warmer, upper layers of the reservoir.HistoryQuail Creek reservoir was completed in 1985 to provide irrigation and culinary water to the St. George area. Most of the water in the reservoir does not come from Quail Creek, but is diverted from the Virgin River and transported through a buried pipeline.Two dams form the reservoir. The main dam is an earthfill embankment dam. The south dam is a roller-compacted concrete dam, constructed to replace the original earthfill dam that failed in the early hours of New Year's Day 1989.
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  • Very nice Lake, enticing on hot days total for swimming! So nothing like los ;) Only on the third visit to St. George we found this little gem. The signposted road departs right from the Zion NP made shortly after hurricane.
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  • Nice little reservoir. Gets very crowded on a Saturday in June, so a little choppy for kayaking. No dogs allowed.  more »
  • Rocky beach, but clear, warm water to play in by the picnic tables and shade. No swimmers itch here, like Sand Hollow and way less crowded. We enjoyed renting paddle boards from Dig Paddle Sports and ...  more »
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  • Great hidden treasure that is less crowded and more fun than Sand Hollow. We went 2 weekends in a row and had a blast. The wind does pick up fast however and it's difficult to get your boat off the water quickly with no safe marina.
  • Beautiful, clean and peaceful! $10 entry fee for the day. So worth it! No food vendors, bring your own food. Water is clean and warm enough to swim in. You can rent kayaks or paddle boards. So beautiful here!!!
  • Plenty of shoreline and parking. Great fun for large groups. There is a kayak rental store right there in the parking lot. There are picnic benches scattered about. I would bring a canopy in the summer because there is no shade anywhere.
  • Great place to go canoeing, kayaking, or paddle-boarding. Is typically colder (55-65 degrees). The lake is slightly acidic so there is no risk of getting swimmers itch (something the nearby sand hollow has a HUGE problem with). However due to the extremely small surface area it is not a good place to use a motorboat. The beaches are also quite rocky so watch your step. Overall its a pretty fun lake.
  • I love the variety of landscapes and activities at Quail. I've been spending summers here since I was about 6 years old and I keep coming back every chance I get. The wonderful wildlife spotting, less busy then SH, and escaping the extreme heat of Southern Utah will bring be back for years to come.

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