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Aspen Grove Campground, Strawberry Reservoir, near Heber City, UT

I have a few pix from our workamping gig, with American Land & Leisure, in the Strawberry Reservoir area near Heber City, UT, in 2010.

We didn’t work at Aspen Grove so the pix were taken before the season started; as you can tell by the bare aspen trees.

One couple works the campground and the area maintenance person also lives on-site.

You see much of the same wildflowers and wildlife here as in Lodgepole Campground; deer, moose, potguts (Uinta Ground Squirrel), hummingbirds, etc).

But if you’re looking for a campground on Strawberry that is smaller than the main one, Aspen Grove is lovely.  It is protected from the wind and the aspen provide shade from the high desert sun.  The campground overlooks the boat launch but American Land & Leisure does not operate it.

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There are about 60 campsites in Aspen Grove.  Some are reservable and some are first-come-first-served.  You can reserve a site up to 6 months in advance here: Recreation.Gov

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Strawberry Reservoir, Utah

We’re back in our summer home!  We’re at Strawberry Reservoir, east of Heber City, Utah.  The fishing is great this time of year.   We got here on UEA weekend and the place was hopping with fishermen!  Of course, our truck is in the shop so we’re in a rental van.

Strawberry Bay Camping
Strawberry Bay Camping

Do you think putting the camper on the van would void our rental agreement? 🙂

Haws Point at Strawberry Reservoir
Haws Point at Strawberry Reservoir

We are camped in the Overflow area in Strawberry Bay Campground, overlooking Haws Point, a popular fishing access towards Renegade Campground.  Sure it’s a little frosty on this morning but it has warmed up since.  When we finally got to our camper – after the fiasco with our broken down truck – we remembered that the thermostat was broken before we left it.  So we snuggled a little closer that night 🙂

Frosty Morning at Strawberry, Utah
Frosty Morning at Strawberry, Utah

Can’t beat the dawn at Strawberry Reservoir.  I was never too impressed with Strawberry…until this year.  I think you have to spend some time here to really appreciate  the beauty.  I tend to like treed areas.  But this is impressive!

All the campgrounds around Strawberry were open (Soldier Creek, Aspen Grove, Lodgepole, Renegade, even Currant Creek) through UEA weekend.  They had a good crowd for the great weather!  They’ll keep the campgrounds open as long as there are customers.

Strawberry Reservoir, Utah

We took a drive to check out some of the other campgrounds in the area.  Strawberry Reservoir still has a thick layer of ice but the edges are clear.  Strawberry Bay, near the marina, has a lot of campsites and some have full hookups.  This loop is the only one with “trees”.  See how small they are.  They don’t get much rain up here.  The shelters are for shade.  They are open for business and had a few campers in last weekend.

Strawberry Bay Campground
Strawberry Bay Campground

We went on over to Renegade, past Strawberry Bay.  Below is a view from the boat launch.  Strawberry is a huge lake and very popular with the fishermen.

Renegade Boat Launch and Parking
Renegade Boat Launch and Parking

These fishermen found a nice clear spot across from Renegade Campground.  We had to drive through (or around) a couple snow banks to get here.  We were in a 2-wheel drive light truck, though, and hardly got it dirty.

Float Fishing at Renegade on Strawberry
Float Fishing at Renegade on Strawberry

We enjoyed watching 2 different kinds of hawks.  One is a red-tail but we’re not sure what the other one is.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

There is some kind of hawk, in Utah, that turns white in the winter.  Anyone know what it’s called and if this is it?

Hawk
Mystery Hawk

We also saw a few white pelicans, mallard ducks and, are those loons with white down the front of their necks or a type of grebe?

White Pelican
White Pelican - see the notch on the top of his beak?

I wonder if that pelican spent the winter on Houston County Lake in Texas? 

Mallards
Mallards - Bottoms up!
Waterfowl
Loons or Grebes or ??

Okay, who can tell us what these are?  If you can, you win the honor of being right!

After lunch we were surprised by an early Mother’s Day visit from Eric’s family!  A couple hours in a truck is a big sacrifice for a family with small children!  We had a great visit and made plans for their next camping trip.  It’s a good thing they came on Saturday, because the fridge quit working on Sunday.  Guess what we’ll be doing this week!

Happy Mother’s Day!