Surrounded by rustic red rock and extinct black lava cinder cones lies the 240 acre Gunlock State Park and Reservoir. This awesome state park provides boating, fishing, and swimming. Campsites cost $13.
Opened to the public as a Utah State Park in 1970.
Located on Gunlock Road – 15 miles northwest of St. George city in scenic red rock country, lies Gunlock State Park and Reservoir where boating, water sports, and quality fishing for bass and catfish attract visitors. The typical southern utah mild winter climate makes Gunlock State Park a year-round destination!
The name Gunlock is the same as the small farming community one mile to the north. William Haynes Hamblin, a Mormon pioneer, settled in the present area of the lake in 1857. Gunlock Will was a good hunter and sharpshooter, and was skillful in repairing gunlocks, which are the firing mechanisms for muzzle loaders.
The county road to the park is the Old Spanish Trail used by horsemen and raiders from Sante Fe, New Mexico to Los Angeles from the 1820 s until the gold fields became the destination after 1849 and a shorter route was taken.