Pineview Reservior and Anderson Cove Campground

Review of Pineview Reservoir and Anderson Cove Campground

Last summer we made the drive up north to Pineview Reservoir (right outside of Huntsville, UT) for a family friend’s birthday. I had been up to this reservoir many times growing up, but it was new to my husband and kids. We drove through Weber Canyon and took a road that cuts through the mountain called Trapper’s Loop. It is an absolutely beautiful drive.

The campground our friends stayed at is called Anderson Cove. It is a pretty standard campground with parking, picnic tables, a firepit and a few trees, as well as bathrooms stationed every 4 or 5 campsites. There is a fee of $8 to get in, but the fee varies depending on if you are bringing a boat, how many days you are staying, etc. It is only a 5 minute walk from the campground to the reservoir. They have decently sandy beaches and a good amount of beach as well. We were there on a weekend and there were a lot of people but enough room for even large groups to spread out.
Our friends had a boat so we took it out to do some tubing. I took my (then) 3.5 year old daughter out on the tube and she kept saying, “Faster!”  A girl after my own heart.  We would have liked to ski as well, but the water was pretty choppy since it was late afternoon. After about 30 minutes out on the boat, the starter had problems and we had to get towed in by some other friends.

Review of Pineview Reservoir and Anderson Cove Campground

 
So without a boat, we decided to play on the beach. My daughter wanted to build sandcastles and my son (16 months at the time) wanted nothing to do with the sand. The group we were with also had some youth sized kayaks that they let us borrow and we took our daughter out about 20 feet from shore and then back in. She loved it!

Review of Pineview Reservoir and Anderson Cove Campground

Review of Pineview Reservoir and Anderson Cove Campground

One of the things I love about Pineview, or most any lake/reservoir, is the variety of activities you can do there: boating, building sandcastles, kayaking and swimming were just the few things we had time for while we were there.

Review of Pineview Reservoir and Anderson Cove Campground

Later that night, we had food cooked over the campfire and the kids played together.  It was nice and relaxing.  Since Pineview Reservoir is about an hour and forty-five minutes from our house, we brought the kids pajamas and blankets and they fell fast asleep on the ride home.  I call that a successful and fun day!

If you’re interested in visiting Pineview Reservoir, you can check out the information below for directions and websites for the campsite we stayed at.

Directions:

From Ogden, UT, take State Rt. 39 east 8.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground.

From Salt Lake City, UT, take I-15 N to US-89 and follow signs to Harrison Blvd then take State Rt. 39 east 8.3 miles to campground, on the left. (the non-scenic route)

For the scenic route, take 1-15 N to US-89 and then I-84 E. Take exit 92 to Mountain Green and turn left on UT-167 N and follow until you hit State Rt. 39. Turn left and the campground is on the right.

Kid Friendly: Yes*
Toddler Friendly: Yes*
Baby Friendly: Yes*
Strollers: Yes around the campground, but not on the beach
*It should go without saying but please keep a close eye on your kids when they are near the water.

If you want more information about Pineview Reservoir, you can visit this website.

For information about campsite availability and reservations, you can go here.

What are your favorite activities to do at the beach?

American Fork Canyon: Granite Flats Campground

American Fork Canyon: Granite Flats Campground--a review of this beautiful campground in American Fork Canyon, UT.

When I imagine going up the canyon, I think of narrow, winding roads with thick trees and brush all around. I think of cozy little picnic spots nestled in the trees and a river or stream flowing nearby. This is probably due to the fact that I grew up living within a short driving distance of American Fork Canyon in Utah.

Last summer, my little family and I went up American Fork Canyon to spend the evening with my brother-in-law, his wife and two kids, as well as other extended family. They were spending the night at the Granite Flats Campground, just a mile up the road from Tibble Fork Reservoir. We had been invited to come up in the evening and cook tin foil dinners and roast marshmallows.

American Fork Canyon: Granite Flats Campground--a review of this beautiful campground in American Fork Canyon, UT.

Even though I have been to Tibble Fork many times, my family didn’t do a lot of camping growing up so I wasn’t familiar with the campground they were at, but as we drove to their reserved spot, I felt like it was exactly as a good campground should be. The individual campsites were separated from each other by trees and bushes, so you didn’t feel like you were camping on top of someone else. It gave a nice sense of privacy and made you feel like you were really camping outdoors. There was a set of bathrooms for every four or five campsites, easily within walking distance, which is great if you have kids (and even if you don’t).

Since getting married a little over 8 years ago, my husband and I have gone up a lot of different canyons with friends and cooked tin foil dinners. It is one of my favorite camping foods and so easy to prep and transport. Tip: We always cook our tougher veggies, like carrots and potatoes, halfway before putting them with the meat (usually chicken or ground beef/turkey), since the meat always cooks faster than the rest.

American Fork Canyon: Granite Flats Campground--a review of this beautiful campground in American Fork Canyon, UT.

While waiting for dinner to cook, I took the kids exploring on the various paths around the campsite. There were a lot of little trails but most of them just wound back to our campsite or the others nearby. My kids loved looking at the flowers, ants and squirrels that were everywhere. After dinner, we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. Then we were homeward bound since we didn’t want to get caught behind the campground gate when it closed for the night. On the way down, I took a couple pictures of Tibble Fork and was reminded of how beautiful the area is and how lucky I am to live so close by.

American Fork Canyon: Granite Flats Campground--a review of this beautiful campground in American Fork Canyon, UT.

Some things you’ll want to keep in mind if you decide to go up American Fork Canyon:

  • There may or may not be a fee to get up the canyon, depending on your destination. Since my brother-in-law had paid for a campsite, there was no fee for us to drive up there. If you are going up to a picnic spot or to hike, there will likely be a fee. The fee starts at $6 for 1-3 days and goes up to about $45 for an annual pass. Every once in a while you get lucky and the fee station is closed. 
  • When the sun goes down, it gets chilly because of all the trees and the higher elevation. When I left just before 9pm, the temperature was about 60 degrees. When I got out of the canyon, it was 80 degrees. So make sure to dress accordingly and bring a sweatshirt and pants if you tend to get cold (like me!) 
  • The roads are narrow and wind around quite a bit so if you or your kids tend to get motion sickness, make sure to take some Dramamine or something to distract while driving up. It’s definitely worth the drive, though! 

Directions:From I-15, you take the Highland/Alpine exit. Go east on Highway 92 for 8 miles to mouth of American Fork Canyon. Go 5 miles up the canyon to the fork. Take a left to the North Fork/Forest Road 85 to Tibble Fork Reservoir. Stay on paved road as it turns left past the parking lot. Go about 1 mile to Granite Flats campground.

If you are interested in getting more information on the different activities and recreation, you can visit this website.
 

If you are interested in reserving a campsite, you can go here.

Do you have a favorite canyon or camping spot near where you live?  I’d love to hear about it!