Aerial Blackridge Neighborhood

Blackridge Reservoir

Fun in the Sun

Blackridge Reservoir

Enjoy the sandy beach, refreshing water, playground, and scenic trailhead of Blackridge Reservoir. It’s a perfect spot for cooling off and soaking up the summer sun or getting a fresh perspective on the hillside trails nearby.

Individuals with paddle boards, kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft are required to take an annual mussle-aware boater course through the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. 

Detailed information from DWR

Mandatory course

Changes for 2024

Reservoir challenges

Though Blackridge Reservoir is one of the highlights of our community, its popularity comes with a list of challenges that relate to overcrowding during peak times. Parking space on site is limited, to which some drivers respond by illegally parking in permit-only areas in nearby neighborhoods. Various nuisances are a recurring issue at the reservoir and in the vicinity. When crowds are their largest, police presence is often needed, pulling officers away from patrols around the rest of the community or costing the City extra money for additional officer shift

Balancing resources and a featured amenity

The City Council has considered the challenges of Blackridge Reservoir on an annual basis: how do we keep an amenity open that we’ve invested money into while reducing headaches at the reservoir and through the surrounding neighborhood? The Council has approved a multi-point approach that will start May 1, 2024:

  • Implementation of a $15 parking fee—On weekends (not weekdays) and holidays between May 1-September 7, a $15 all-day parking fee will be charged for vehicles accessing Blackridge Reservoir. This fee, administered on-site by a contracted service, Diamond Parking, aims to reduce peak-time crowds, distribute visitors more evenly throughout the week, and help generate revenue to partially support reservoir operations. (approved by the City Council on February 28)
  • Increased illegal parking fine from $25 to $100— the previous fine of $25 for illegal parking throughout the city has not proven sufficient to deter improperly parked cars nor come close to covering the costs of issuing and processing the fines. The Council has adopted an increased standard fine of $100 with a maximum of $200. Though the issue of illegal parking is concentrated at and near Blackridge Reservoir during peak summer times, it happens throughout the city. Parking regulations are in place to promote safety, including emergency access and clear driver views. (approved by the City Council on March 13)
  • Pavilion reservations—the large pavilion at Blackridge Reservoir includes several parking spaces as part of a pavilion event reservation. With the new parking day pass at the reservoir, the pavilion reservation charge will increase to include the equivalent cost of the parking spaces. (approved by the City Council on February 28)
  • Signage at the reservoir will be re-designed for consistency and clarity. Signs in the surrounding permit-only neighborhoods will note the increased parking fine.
  • Parking permit area—Anticipating a shift in parking patterns due to the proposed fee and fine adjustments, the City proposed expanding the permitted parking area to include more streets to deter people from using the reservoir when it is already full. The petition to expand the area did not gain enough signatures to make a change, so the permit area will not be expanded. However, the City will still eliminate the $25 fee charged to residents to acquire the annual parking permit.

City Council meeting items

Some of the items were discussed during general City Council meetings, including a public hearing on February 28th.

  • February 28, 2024 (public hearing opened and closed without comment; items approved on 2/28)
    • $15 reservoir parking fee
    • Pavilion reservation fee increase
  • March 13, 2024
    • Citywide illegal parking fine increase (no public comments; items approved on 3/13)
    • Parking permit area expansion

Blackridge neighborhood parking permit program

Map showing the Blackridge neighborhood parking permit area

Residents who live in the area shown on the map are eligible for permits to park belonging to them or their guests on the public street. All other vehicles are prohibited from parking in those areas. Residents living outside the area are not eligible for the permits.

Permit application information

Reservoir and Trailhead Information

Hours - 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (gate locks at 10:00 p.m.)

Two kayakers paddle across Blackridge Reservoir in Herriman


  • Beachfront
  • Playground
  • Restrooms (open April through October)
  • Parking lot
  • Bike rack
  • Trailhead
  • Paved trail
  • Benches
  • 4 small pavilions
  • 1 large pavilion
  • Grass area

Water quality—Swim at your own risk

Blackridge Reservoir is a natural body of water and is untreated. The water may contain waterborne pathogens, parasites, leeches, snails, and more. 

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality tests regularly for E. coli and harmful algal bloom. View the latest test results on the state DEQ's website.

There is no lifeguard on duty.

Rules and regulations

The following are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Open flames or charcoal grills
  • Smoking or vaping
  • Glass on the beach
  • Off-leash dogs
  • Dogs anywhere on the beach
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Motorized watercraft
  • Fireworks
  • UTVs or ATVs beyond the parking lot
  • Overnight parking
  • Entering ice during the winter