In the early morning hours of New Years Day, the Quail Creek Dam outside of St. George in Quail Creek State Park failed, to become the nation’s first natural disaster of 1989. Although there was significant damage to property and livestock, there were no deaths.
Today the rebuilt 600-acre reservoir is the centerpiece of the popular Quail Creek State Park, located off the I-15 freeway at Exit 16 and 9 miles west of the City of Hurricane. Nestled in our famous red rock terrain, Quail Creek State Park – including the earth-filled embankment dam providing the St. George community with irrigation and culinary water – is a nearby destination for a pleasant day of boating, swimming and fully stocked for fishing for rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and bluegill. There are also many who just want to enjoy waterskiing, jet skiing, and boating.
Just around the bend from the reservoir, is Harrisburg Estates, the travel trailer home-site of hundreds of “snow birds” who return year after year to this settlement established in 1859.
Harrisburg is “officially” on the list of Washington County ghost towns abandoned by its original 200 residents in 1895 due to reoccurring floods, raids by local Native Americans and a grasshopper infestation, which caused people to relocate to nearby Leeds, Silver Reef and St. George. Today, Harrisburg is an easy stop off the I-15 freeway to see the few historic structures still standing, or for potty-break and snacks at the small general store.
Speaking of recreating in southern Utah, you can register online today for a comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!