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.
- 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
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.
- Accommodates RVs up to 30 feet in length
- No hook ups
- No dump station
- 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. https://wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/main-fishing-page.html
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.