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.
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!
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.
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.
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?