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Starvation State Park
Starvation State Park © Dicklyon / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Aerial view of the region south of the Starvation Reservoir and Starvation State Park in Utah. Oil and oil shale drilling platforms dot the landscape. Another jetliner is visible crossing path below this one at 39,000 feet.
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Starvation State Park Group Campground Road
Duchesne, Utah   84021
(lat:40.1899 lon:-110.4542) map location

Phone: 435-738-2326
Toll Free: 877-887-2757
Reservations: 435-738-2326
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Starvation Reservoir offers 3,50-acres of fishing and boating fun four miles northwest of Duchesne on Highway 40. A 54 unit campground, sandy beach, modern rest rooms, showers, group-use area, and fish cleaning and sewage disposal stations are available. Primitive camping is allowed at designated areas around the reservoir.
History of the Area
Starvation State Park was established in 1972, two years after the Bureau of Reclamation's constructed the dam, which created the 3,495 surface acre reservoir as part of the Central Utah Water Project.

The name Starvation has been credited to two legends. One saying that a group of mountain men caught in winter snows survived by stealing a cache of food belonging to local Indians and as a result the Indians starved. The other more often told legend, relates the opposite story of the Indians stealing the trapper's cache of food leaving the trappers to starve. It is, however, very likely that neither legend, even if true, bears reference to the naming of the dam and reservoir.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, cattlemen and homesteaders tried to make a go of it along the banks of the Strawberry River in the area now occupied by the reservoir and dam. Their story is one of hardship, perseverance and facing near starvation in a very hostile and harsh environment. Winters were hard, long and extremely cold. Their cattle and livestock often froze during these winter months, and the short growing season was hindered by flooding, hailstorms, early frosts and other calamities. They nicknamed the area Starvation and it was from this reference that the highway bridge, reservoir, dam and state park received their names.
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The annual walleye fishing tournament has become a popular fishing event with trophy 10-plus pound fish being caught each year. The scenic beauty of 3,500 acres of park land, many coves, remote beaches and unusually blue water makes this a favorite of boating enthusiasts statewide."

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Take I-80 east to US40, Heber City Exit. US40 east to Duchesne. Four miles northwest of Duchesne.
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