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RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR STARVATION, YUBA

Due to high demand on Yuba and Starvation State Park facilities, advance reservations will be required on holiday weekends and are recommended on every weekend during the summer.

In addition, state park management at Starvation will limit the number of vehicles in its four primitive camping areas. During the past two years visitation at Starvation State Park has more than doubled.The heavy impact on camping areas and natural resources is becoming a concern. There are five designated camping areas around the reservoir which include a developed area with 54 campsites and a large group site.

However, the four primitive camping areas, Rabbit Gulch, Indian Bay, Juniper Point and Knight Hollow, are of primary concern.

On holiday weekends these four areas are impacted the hardest because of the large number of vehicles and people camping dispersed throughout the entire area.

The problems of most concern are related to sanitation, public safety and degradation of the resources. Problems include: a lack of sufficient restroom facilities, the loss of live trees cut down for firewood, litter, an increase in law enforcement incidents, vehicles blocking or restricting access to the water and blocking emergency vehicle access, vehicles not staying on roads or trails, degradation and erosion to the watershed and damage to water quality.

To make camping reservations, call 322-3770 from within the Salt Lake calling area or 1-800-322-3770 outside the Salt Lake area. Reservations can be made from three to 120 days in advance. For more information call Starvation State Park at 738-2326.

And due to limited facilities at Yuba State Park, restrictions have been established to limit the number of park users.

The new restrictions, at both the main state park area and at Painted Rocks, will allow recreators to enjoy camping, picnicking and water recreation activities while allowing State Park managers to better manage the resources.

"Because of the recent ordinance passed by Juab County Commissioners to close portions of Yuba Lake, the demand on State Park facilities will be high and we will require advance reservations for overnight camping. This way people will know they have a place to camp before making the trip to Yuba," said David Morrow, deputy state parks director.

Camping reservations are strongly recommended for both park areas. To make camping reservations, call 322-3770 from within the Salt Lake calling area or 1-800-322-3770 outside the Salt Lake area. Reservations can be made from three to 120 days in advance. Reservations can also be made by visiting the Utah State Parks main office at 1636 West North Temple in Salt Lake City. For more information call Yuba State Park at 758-2611.