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Some of the state parks in Utah offer convenient, nearby camping. If you don’t have all the gear you need for your camping trip to Willard Bay State Park, rent our camping gear online and have it delivered right to your home or convenient pickup point along the way. When you rent our backpacking or camping gear, you are getting a lot better quality than buying at the local big-box retail store, and, you will save money as well. Rental of outdoor gear for a night or two at Willard Bay State Park is easy; just click on the “Rent Online” tab above to get started. You can rent camping GPS Trackers, sleeping gear, tents, cooking gear, backpacks, lanterns – everything you need for a great outdoor experience. We also have new gear for sale as well as any accessories or supplies you could use for your next trip into your favorite state park.
We’ll ship your camping gear rental direct to your home before your trip, or to a convenient location near the entrance to Willard Bay State Park. On your way back home, just load the rented backpacking and camping gear back into the same box we shipped to you, use the prepaid return label, and drop off the rental at one of our carrier’s shipping points.
Here’s some information you may find useful before your trip (sourced from Wikipedia and other research):
Willard Bay is a man-made fresh water reservoir in the Great Salt Lake, in northern Utah. The bay was separated from the Great Salt Lake in 1964, and has since served as a source of irrigation, drinking water, and recreation for the northern Wasatch Front metro area.
Willard Bay is a 9,900-acre freshwater reservoir located in eastern Box Elder County, Utah, north-west of the city of Ogden, on the north-eastern floodplains of the Great Salt Lake.
The reservoir is operated by the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District and recreation activities are administered by Utah State Parks and Recreation. Fish in Willard Bay include black crappie, walleye, wiper, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and gizzard shad (which are unlawful to possess). At an elevation of about 4,200 feet, the area around Willard Bay features cottonwood and other high desert trees. In winter, the area is a wildlife area for watching nesting eagles.
If you are a first-time camper, an overnight trip into Willard Bay State Park is a great way to get started – it’s probably close by, and the staff is used to advising families out on their first trip. We make it easy to rent gear as well if you are aren’t sure what to take – check out our camping gear packages
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In 1949, U.S. Senator Arthur Vivian Watkins, a Republican from Utah who served from 1946 to 1959, passed through Congress the Weber Basin Project. This project called for the creation of a reservoir to store surplus water from the Ogden and Weber rivers that could later be accessed for use on farmland.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed and constructed a 36-foot-high earth-filled dike to create the 26.4-square-mile enclosure. The dike, which impounds 215,200 acre-feet of water, was completed in 1964 by the W.W. Clyde Company, and was named the Arthur V. Watkins Dam. The resulting reservoir was then drained of salt water and refilled with fresh, directly from the Weber River. The bay was named after the nearby town of Willard, which itself was named after the LDS apostle Willard Richards.
A bill in Congress, H.R. 839 and S. 512, The Arthur V. Watkins Dam Enlargement Act, was introduced in the 2007 session to authorize a feasibility study to enlarge the dam. While the bill passed the House of Representatives, it was suspended in the Senate and never became law.
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