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Gunlock State Park may appear as an oasis in the desert, but it’s more of a mirage. Blink and you’ll miss it. This usually quiet and small reservoir in southwestern Utah, turns into a water park for a short time of year in the spring and some years not at all. It’s well worth the trip when it’s running.
This particular year came after a record-breaking winter snowfall. As long as the reservoir is at capacity, the waters flow out of it. Spring is your best bet for playing in its pools.
There are a few places for cliff diving, but I wouldn’t recommend the higher spots although several teenage boys were jumping (but teenage boys are bulletproof and I am not). There is no designated campsite but a few RVs had taken up residence in the parking lot and a few primitive sites.
While big enough for skiing, it’s not ideal. But a perfect lake for paddling, rowing, and swimming. It’s also home to a three-mile hike up a slot canyon. Definitely a place to visit again and again.
This usually quiet reservoir turns into a water park for a short time of year and some years not at all. Don’t miss it!
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