Joes Valley Recreation Area


A 1200-acre reservoir is the center of activities in the Joes Valley Recreation Area.  Just 18 miles west of Orangeville, it is the perfect basecamp for boating, fishing, hunting, camping and climbing. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: All sites in the Joes Valley Recreation Area are open for use.  Water may not be available at the campground. Bring your own water. The Orangeville to Ephraim Road is impassable at higher elevations.
Rentals & Guides: Joe's Valley Resort nearby has boat, personal watercraft, ATV and bike rentals.

Open Season: 5/20/2010
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: See Manti-La Sal National Forest's Camping and Travel Rules
Closest Towns: Orangeville, UT
Water: See Current Conditions
Restroom: Vault Toilet (8)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Boat ramps and developed campground sites are accessible.


Take State Road (SR) 10 to the junction with SR-29, turn west on SR-29 follow it to a Y intersection in Orangeville.  Take a right turn, and continue on SR-29 to Joes Valley.  Road is paved, but a bit narrow.  Straight Canyon is a favorite of climbers and fishers, so watch for pedestrians and vehicles on the shoulders.


Parking is available at fishing and boating areas around the lake.

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