Stansbury Lake

Stansbury Lake

Stansbury Lake

Stansbury Lake is often referred to as the “Jewel of Stansbury Park”. This man-made lake was first constructed in the early 1970’s and covers an area of about 110 acres. Because it is man-made there are no natural inlets or outlets to the Lake. The water in the Lake comes from a variety of sources. The main source of water is a deep well located in the southern end of the community. Other sources of water include: The Millpond, several free flowing artesian wells and multiple small springs, which bubble up under the lake itself.

The Lake is home to a large variety of fish and wildlife. Muskrats, raccoons, fox, coyotes, badgers and deer have all been spotted in and around the Lake. Bird watchers can find everything from pelicans, cormorants, and herons, to grebes, coots, and terns. We also have plenty of ducks and geese. Fish species include: largemouth bass, black crappie, blue gill, channel catfish and carp. We also have a large population of frogs, turtles, and crawdads.

Catch and Release fishing is allowed. No license is required at this time.

Boats and other watercraft that have been registered at the Service Agency Office may be used on the Lake.  For the sake of safety, anyone operating a watercraft on the Lake is required to wear a life jacket or other personal flotation device. A boat ramp for launching and retrieving watercraft, and a boat dock for temporary docking are located at the Clubhouse Complex.

Swimmers, do so at their own risk, as there are no lifeguards posted at the Lake. When using the Lake, please be respectful of the private property surrounding it.

The Lake is open for use from Dawn to Dark.

Please, do not feed the waterfowl!



Overall, the lake and millpond currently have a moderately healthy ecosystem and good water quality. Aesthetics
and recreation are somewhat inhibited by excessive plant growth. The shallow depth, averaging 3.5 feet, low outflows
and circulation, and uncontrolled nutrient loading are among several factors that, if left unchecked, will
push the lake toward unhealthy eutrophication. Monitoring and prompt response to changing factors is
important for maintaining good water quality and keeping costs of remediation low.

Upon considering the History of Stansbury Lake (Appendix A) and many options for improvement, including
those discussed in the Survey of Possible Actions (Appendix B), this report makes several specific
recommendations to be carried out in this and subsequent years. It also recommends procedures for monitoring
and reviewing data, future projects, and possible outreach.

The full text of this plan is contained in the linked files below:

Information & Policies

Lake Use Policy

The Stansbury Service Agency maintains Stansbury Lake for the benefit of Stansbury Park residents and their accompanied guests.  This policy is established to promote recreation, safety and environmental protection.

The following sections cover common permissible and prohibited uses of Stansbury Lake, adjacent public parks and greenbelts. It is not intended to cover all activities. Permissible uses must be in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local rules, regulations, licensing, and registration requirements. (e.g. Stansbury Service Agency park rules, Tooele County noise ordinance and Utah Division of Natural Resources regulations).

It is important to note that every user understands that lakes are dangerous by their very nature.  Participation in, but not limited to, any of the following lake uses could lead to property damage, bodily injury, permanent disability and even death. Users participate at their own risk.

Stansbury Lake may be used under the following conditions:

Watercraft Electric, wind and man-powered watercraft are allowed.  No gas-powered engines are allowed on Stansbury Lake.  Watercraft must be registered in advance with the Stansbury Service Agency and display the registration sticker while in operation.

Operators of electric-powered watercraft may not create a wake and are prohibited from operating the motor within 20 feet of any shoreline, with the exceptions of launching and recovering the watercraft. Operators of electric-powered watercraft must abide by the State of Utah boating regulations for motorized watercraft, including the presence of lifejackets and running-lights after dark.

The Stansbury Service Agency reserves the right to waive the motor type and other rules for maintenance or other purposes.

Wildlife Fishing is allowed from watercraft, public parks and public greenbelts, except in posted ‘no fishing’ areas, in accordance with Utah Division of Wildlife regulations.  Fish must be released quickly back into the lake after being caught. The dumping of or abandoning of domesticated animals or wildlife is not permitted (e.g., frogs, ducks, fish, turtles).  Neither feeding nor harming wildlife is permitted.

Swimming Swimming is unrestricted throughout Stansbury Lake.  If ever Stansbury Service Agency has information that the water quality of Stansbury Lake is unsuitable for swimming, signs will be posted at main public access points.

Ice Activities Ice activities, such as skating and fishing, are unrestricted throughout Stansbury Lake. Motors are not permitted on ice.


Unauthorized use of Stansbury Lake and private property surrounding the Lake is considered trespass.  The Stansbury Service Agency reserves the right to enforce trespass violations and will report them to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Department for prosecution.  Violations may also result in the revocation of an individual’s lake use privilege.

The Stansbury Service Agency Board of Trustees, acting in its official capacity, will arbitrate any enforcement action taken, with respect to violations of this policy.

The Stansbury Service Agency reserves the right to change this policy at any time.

Private Boat Dock Approval

Residents who have property adjacent to the Lake are allowed to build a private boat dock which extends from the shoreline on their property into the Lake.

The style of dock that residents choose is not regulated, but the size of the dock is. How far a dock runs along a resident’s property line is not limited, but properties that sit on the main body of the Lake may only extend into the water 12′, from the highwater mark. Docks that are built behind homes on the fingers of water, located between the cul-de-sacs, may only extend into the Lake  from the highwater mark on the shore. No dock may block access to the greenbelts at the end of each finger of water.

Before building a dock, residents must receive approval from the Stansbury Service Agency. For information about dock approval, please call the Service Agency Office at #435-882-6188.

Note: To avoid building a dock that is too high or too low, a property owner should check with the Service Agency to see if the current level of the lake is high, low, or just right.

Lake Mowing Schedule

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Stansbury Lake Mowing Schedule

Fishing Stansbury Lake

Fishing is allowed in Stansbury Lake for residents of Stansbury Park and their guests. No fishing license is required at this time.

The Millpond is not a private body of water and is open to residents and non-residents for fishing. Because the Millpond is a public waterway, it is regulated by the Division of Wildlife Resources, therefore, a fishing license is required when fishing on the Millpond.

No Fishing is allowed in, or around the Clubhouse Complex Park.

All Fishing in Stansbury Lake is


Violators of the catch and release policy will be prosecuted.

The Millpond

The Millpond is the long, narrow body of water directly to the North of Stansbury Lake. This is also a man-made body of water. It was created in the 1855 by early pioneers. By damming Twin Springs Creek, these pioneers were able to create a body of water large enough to operate a grist mill. State Highway 138, which runs in front of the Benson Grist Mill, is built on top of the original Millpond Dam. Once the Millpond was established a small community sprang up in the vicinity, called Richville. This small town was the original County Seat of Tooele County.

The Millpond is a separate body of water from Stansbury Lake. The water source for the Pond is a free-flowing spring, called Twin Springs, which bubbles up near the frontage road, on the east side of Stansbury Park.

Unlike Stansbury Lake, the Millpond is a public waterway and is open to the public for fishing, boating, and swimming. Before the bridge, which spans the Millpond, was built, local residents were able use the pond for waterskiing.

The Nature Trail which extends several hundred feet into the Millpond is a great place to observe a large variety of waterfowl and wildlife. The entrance to the Trail is located directly across the street from the park on East Delgada Lane.


Do Not Feed the Waterfowl

Stansbury Park is home to a wide variety of birds. Many of them can be fun to feed and have become very accustomed to begging. For the safety of our birds and our property, please don’t do it. We are making a concerted effort to stop this practice. Please help us by resisting the temptation to feed the birds and asking others to do the same.

Here is what happens when you feed the waterfowl:

  1. The waterfowl congregate in large groups and create an enormous mess on our grass, sidewalks, boat docks, etc. This mess ruins the experience of many of the residents who like to recreate and walk along our lake shores.
  2. Most of the waterfowl on Stansbury Lake are migratory in nature. Hungry migratory birds who are given an easy meal by residents, often choose to remain here rather than moving on as they normally would. This causes unusually large concentrations of birds in an area that does not have enough natural food sources to feed such a large population.
  3. As the waterfowl become more dependent on humans as a food source, they stop eating the natural foods they normally would, which are far more nutritious. The birds become malnourished, overcrowded and more susceptible to disease.
  4. Human feeding of waterfowl makes them too tame for their own good. They become more susceptible to attack by dogs, children throwing stones, and other harassment from those who see them as a nuisance. Many birds are attacked and killed each year because they are easy targets.
  5. Often, waterfowl that are used to being fed by humans, become aggressive when they are around humans who don’t feed them.

If you are feeding the waterfowl, Please Stop Now. Your act of ‘kindness’ is a self-indulgent act that hurts birds and people alike.

Contact Us

Stansbury Service Agency
1 Country Club Dr. Suite #1
Stansbury Park, Ut 84074

Tel: (435) 882-6188

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