Barker Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

Barker Recreation Area

Barker Recreation Area is located in an aspen-spruce forest above 9,000 feet in elevation and is adjacent to the Upper Barker Reservoir.  

Two small fishing lakes permit non-motorized boat access. Seven other backcountry fishing lakes can be accessed by the many hiking trails in the area, among them the Great Western Trail.


Campground Maps



  • 13 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings/grills, bear proof storage box
  • 3 group sites with picnic tables, fire rings/grills, bear proof stroage box
  • Day use area
  • Drinking water (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
  • Vault toilets
  • No hook ups
  • No garbage disposal, please pack it out

At a Glance

Make your reservation online 
or by calling 1-877-444-6777
Some single sites are available on a first come, first served basis.  
Open Season: Late May - Early September
Usage: Light
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Campfires in developed fire pits only
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs must be on leash
  • ATV and OHV are allowed to ingress and egress all group sites and campsites 1 and 13. Street Legal OHVs are allowed throughout the campground.
  • Maximum length of stay: 14 days
Closest Towns: Escalante, Utah
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center (435) 826-5499

General Information


From Escalante drive west on Hwy 12. Turn right on the dirt road between milepost 55 and 56 and cross the Escalante River. After a short distance, make a right on the road signed “Barker CG.” This is forest road 149 (FR 149). Continue on FR 149 for 16.5 miles to the campground.


Campground Camping

RV Camping

  • Accommodates RVs up to 30 feet in length
  • No hook ups
  • No dump station

Group Camping

  • Old Lady Young Group Area: capacity up to 100 people
  • Porter Group Area: capacity up to 35 people
  • Gates Group Area: capacity up to 35 people

Lake and Pond Fishing

The many lakes in the Barker Recreation Area are know for their trout fishing.  Upper is accessable by vehicle.  The Barker Lakes Loop will take you to several backcountry lakes including Blue Lake, Flat Lake, Joe Lay Reservoir, Yellow Lake, Dougherty Basin, Round Willow Bottom and Long Willow Bottom

Check the Utah Division of Wildlife website for more information on fishing in Utah, along with where to purchase fishing licenses.


Picnic tables and fire rings are located on the shore of Upper Barker Reservoir.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Upper Barker is a short drive from the campgrounds. There is a floating dock at Upper Barker Reservoir and a floating dock at Lower Barker Reservoir. The reservoirs are fairly small but being out on a boat is ideal for fishing and bird watching. There is NO developed boat launch.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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