Quail Creek Reservoir

(435) 879-2378

Quail Creek State Park just outside St. George, Utah, offers a beautiful reservoir with some of the warmest water in southern Utah. Along with a mild winter climate, Quail Creek Reservoir lures boaters and anglers year-round. Spend a day here and have a blast. Few visitors to southern Utah and Zion Park leave enough time to enjoy a day on this lake. We recommend carving out an additional day while staying in southern Utah to take full advantage of the fun recreational opportunities that exist here.

The park is located 9 miles (14 km) west of Hurricane, Utah, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Harrisburg. Quail Creek State Park offers camping, boating, swimming, and fishing. Quail Creek State Park features a beautiful 600-acre reservoir.


Quail Lake is a local favorite in Southern Utah for fantastic boating, water sports, skiing, fishing, and water recreation. 


One of the warmest lakes in southern Utah, Quail Lake is a boater's paradise. Several boat ramps allow for quick launch into the water. Another great advantage to boating at Quail Lake is not having to worry about the decontamination of your watercraft. Clean tags are no longer used.  

Swimming and Paddle Boarding

Beautiful warm and clean water makes Quail Creek Reservoir perfect for swimming and paddle boarding with families and friends. Beaches allow for a nice home base picnic area. Swim, splash, and play for the day in warm, relatively shallow, and inviting water.  


Fishing at Quail Creek offers a variety of fish that thrive in warmer water, including largemouth bass and bluegill. These fish are plentiful for anglers in the upper layers of the reservoir. Rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, and crappie which are typically cold water fish also are stocked in the lake and can survive due to the depth of the lake being over 120 feet at its deepest point.


Quail Creek State Park is located 13.7 miles (19 minutes) from St. George, Utah. Just 9 miles west of Hurricane and 1.5 miles south of Harrisburg. The park offers camping, boating, swimming, and fishing.


Quail Creek Reservoir was built and completed in 1985 with the original purpose to provide irrigation 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.

The reservoir is made up of two dams. The main dam is an earthfill embankment dam and 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.


Park Elevation: 3,300 feet
Reservoir Water Surface Area: 600 acres
Park opened as a state park to the general public in 1986


Park Fees

Day use fees: 
Per vehicle: $10, max 8 people
Seniors (62 and older) per vehicle: $4, max 8 people

Camping fees:
Main campground: $15 per night.  ($12 extra vehicle fee/per night)  Limit 2 vehicles per site.

Group Day Use:
Group Area 1: $2 per person (25 person min – 80 max), not reservable; first come, first served only
Group Area 2: $2 per person (25 person min – 80 max), not reservable; first come, first served only

Park Amenities

- Boat Ramp
- Parking Lot
- Restrooms
- Park Office
- Entrance Station
- Restrooms with Showers

Park Hours

Open year round: 7am-9pm
Phone: (435) 879-2378
Management: vacant, Park Manager

Boat Ramp Hours

Labor Day - October:
Monday-Friday 7:00am-10am and 3:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 7:00pm

November - February:
Daily 7:00am-10am and 3:00pm-5:00pm

March - April:
Monday-Friday 7:00am-10am and 3:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 7:00am-7:00pm

May - Labor Day:
Daily 7:00am-9:00pm


Watercraft going from Sand Hollow to Quail Creek, Gunlock and beyond do not require a decontamination. Clean tags are no longer used. If you have questions are require further information, please contact Sand Hollow State Park 435-680-0715.


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