Recreation at East Park Reservoir
Recreation at the reservoir is limited to the proximity of water, with little or no upland uses available. There are no designated campgrounds, drinking water, paved roads, electricity, or boating facilities. No major improvements have ever been constructed for recreation, other than a few vault toilets and some signs. There are no backcountry trails, although there is some limited wildlife viewing. Hunting is not permitted within the park.
Camping areas are predominately random spots where people park their vehicles near the water's edge on a first-come first-served basis. The locations for these campsites are usually associated with the location of a vault or portable restroom, trash receptacles, and random picnic tables. Camping is limited to a 14-day stay. There are 16 areas on the east side of the reservoir that are used for camping, including a group camp area at the northernmost end of the access road. There are eight camping areas on the west side of the reservoir, with an unknown capacity of total campsites. There is only one designated day use area on the west side.
There is one designated boat launch area on the reservoir's west side, although numerous locations on both sides of the reservoir have been used in the past to launch boats. There are no boat ramps or boat docks at the reservoir. Other recreation activities at the reservoir include bird watching, fishing, and special uses by permit such as hang gliding, all of which are seasonal activities.
In 2000, there were approximately 650,000 recreation hours at the reservoir. These recreation hours are the result of count surveys conducted for a total of 28 days between April and September 2000.
The numbers were then expanded to form a seasonal estimate for the total amount of time people spent recreating at the reservoir.