Ash Creek Reservoir Utah
Exploring Ash Creek Reservoir – From a Paddle Board
I have to admit that we watch this spot every year, hoping against hope that the water level rises high enough to surround the trees, allowing you to paddle board/canoe/kayak out among them. We started paddle board and kayak rentals 4 years ago, and every year we’ve eagerly awaited taking them to this oft overlooked reservoir (which has quickly become one of our favorite places to paddle board), but sadly every year we’ve been disappointed…but not this year! This year it is game on!
It’s just surreal to paddle out around huge towering trees; primarily due to the climate here you just don’t have very many places where it is like that for very long. Quail Lake has a small part that in the springtime you can get into something similar, but not like this. Kayaking Ash Creek Reservoir would be every bit as fun as paddle boarding it. Being able to wander in and out of the tree’s is just so incredible, and so unique for this area.
What it was Like Paddle Boarding Through the Tree’s
In truth I wasn’t even prepared for how fun it was. Now that might be because I know how rare it is to float in a place like this in southern Utah, you just don’t get it often. Watching my friends find a little holes in the trees and get lost from my view for a few seconds reinforced how unique of a place this was.
There is a fair amount of area that is tree covered for you to explore as well. We got there a little later than we thought so we didn’t even get to explore everywhere I wanted to. In truth we got a little distracted attempting to paddle up to the bridge. We got right up next to it before we ran out of water and had to lift our boards out and carry them for 20 yards or so.
The bridge itself is (as you can see from the pictures below) pretty cool to see, a great place to take a few minutes to catch your breath and chill for a bit. It’s also quite scenic there too, so really it is the best of all worlds.
When to go?
Now! In truth we don’t know how long the water level will stay up this high, it might be for just a few weeks, or it might be for just a few days. But what we do know is the water level never stays this high for long.
How to Kayak/Paddle Board Ash Creek
Go to the north west side of the reservoir, right next to the bridge and launch from there. You aren’t far from the water at this point. Don’t come from the St George or south side because that road is blocked off, but if you do no worries there are detour signs that will point you in the right direction.
- Warning: Let’s get this out of the way quick, bring insect repellent! We came unprepared because most reservoirs in St George don’t have a ton of mosquitoes, but that is not the case at Ash Creek; so just bring a little repellent and you’ll be fine.
- Make certain you check out the bridge, it really is fun to see
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