I have been frequenting Tibble Fork reservoir now for 30 years. My parents instilled in me a love for the outdoors since the day I was born and this spot was a go-to as a family. At 20 minutes from our front door, it doesn't get much better!
For the past year, Tibble has been closed due to reconstruction of the dam. Along with the new and improved dam (and roughly 7.3m dollars) comes a huge renovation to the lake as a whole. See details on improvements and specs here.
The lake opened back up a little over a week ago and we finally had a chance to visit and it was awesome! Check out how much bigger the lake is:
I think that our favorite part is the new sandy beach that wraps the north side of the lake:
Big muscles on the beach!
We also ran into some old friends from high school that let us borrow their canoes! (Thanks Jordan, Christine and "Lemon"). We went to the opposite side of the lake where we found people relaxing in hammocks and also a rope swing that dropped off into the lake.
Of course we wouldn't live up to our nickname "Snackis" if we didn't bring plenty of treats and beverages. We even cut up a mango with a pocket knife to feel more like mountain men :)
And of course plenty of time just sitting around and playing in the water... which by the way is still freezing!
Last but not least, watched dozens of these pretty Monarch (I think) butterflies zoom around us. Christine even caught one so we got a chance to look at it more closely. Not to mention this slow-mo video of it's takeoff and near collision with my face!
Hurry and get to up Tibble Fork before everyone else knows it's open because I can guarantee it will be busy very soon!
Here's a hint... If its ever too busy, keep driving up the canyon (you'll end up on a dirt road) and you'll find Silver Lake Flat, which is great for tent sleeping, fishing, ATV's, etc.
Here's another hint... If Silver Lake Flat is busy, or you are feeling adventurous, there is a hike that starts at Silver Lake Flat and takes you up to Silver Lake. It's only accessible by foot, but definitely worth the hike. Take plenty of water and plan on about 1-1.5 hours to make it to the top!
Be good, Do good.