Ivins Reservoir was completed in 1918. It is an off stream reservoir with a holding capacity of 500 acre feet of water used for irrigation and recreation. It was modified in 1943 and again in 1986. In 1994 work was performed on the reservoir to bring it into compliance with the State of Utah’s safety standards. Cores were drilled all around the dam down to the bedrock. Concrete was then poured to reinforce the dam so it would not break.
Ivins Reservoir has been owned by the Washington County Water
Conservancy District since March 15, 2004. In return for the reservoir,
the Santa Clara Field Canal Company now has primary water.
(Information courtesy of the Washington County Water Conservancy District.)
Ivins Reservoir has been used for irrigation water and as a recreation area for about 96 years. I imagine that in the early years, the reservoir was just a place to swim and cool off in the summer, but in more recent years, it has been a place where people could water ski, and fish. There have been limited recreational improvements made over the years, there is a boat launching ramp and a picnic table.
In 2008, Ivins City, Ivins Irrigation Co., The Washington County Water Conservancy District, The Shivwits Band of Paiute Indians of Utah and Kayenta Development began meeting to look at ways to improve the recreation potential of Ivins Reservoir. At that time, a preliminary plan of amenities was put together that seemed to meet the approval of all members of the group. The downturn in the economy took everyone’s focus away from this project for a few years, but now discussions have resumed and the group has moved forward with a plan that will make Ivins Reservoir, not only a place for locals to come and recreate, but a regional recreational site that will provide a variety of recreational opportunities.