Hyrum State Park numbers are up, park manager says

Right now, at the peak of the season, Hyrum State Park Manager Jeremy Shaw will tell you visitation numbers are up over last year and will probably stay that way until Labor Day as vacationers take advantage of the park’s fishing, boating and camping.”Typically it gets busy here about the first of May,” said Shaw, “and when schools get out for the summer it picks up a lot.”Shaw estimates recreational boating accounts for 60 percent of those on hand during the season while 40 percent are anglers.He admitted fishing at Hyrum has been down recently.”I’ve been here about a year and a half and they tell me this summer and last have been a little off,” Shaw said.He said the 31 camping spots are usually all reserved every weekend but there will often be open sites to rent during weekdays. Overnight camping at lakeview camp sites is $16. A group overnight camping area is also available.The Hyrum State Park Amphitheatre program continues on Saturdays throughout the summer and Friday (August 1) features one of the summer’s popular draws, Dave Lefgren who shares a first hand account of “The Legend of Old Ephraim.” Upcoming programs include Michael Calles, Aug. 8 (wildlife art), Laura Bennett, Aug. 15 (campground critters) and Jeff McBride, Aug. 22 (Hyrum City Museum Curator, discussing the history of Hyrum).The amphitheatre is located on the west corner of 400 West and 300 South in Hyrum.Hyrum Dam was built in 1939. Before that, Mormon settlers dug a nine-mile canal from the Little Bear River for farm irrigation in Hyrum.

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