Visit Mud Mountain Dam's recreation area! It's open year-round, though we do close on weekends during the fall and winter. There are newly remodeled picnic areas and shelters to use for your picnic while the children keep busy on the slides, swings, and other equipment in the playground. During the summer, the kids will also love keeping cool in the wading pool. The restrooms, accessible to those with disabilities, are located in the day-use area.
While you're here, be sure to take in the panoramic view of the White River Canyon from our upper vista deck. At certain times of the year you can see elk herds in the valley. Many wild animals make their homes in this area, like Eagles, Owls, Herons, and Beavers.
Trails for hiking and mountain biking! If you're ambitious, there's a nature trail which begins behind the upper vista deck and winds about a quarter mile down the canyon wall to the lower vista deck. From here you can view and photograph the dam. Hikers and mountain bikers will enjoy the 3.5-mile Rim Trail, which starts out in Mud Mountain Dam's day-use area. This is an excellent hike, with terrain that is gentle to slightly sloping. This trail offers spectacular views of the White River canyon and neighboring mountains. Hikers and bikers can also join horse riders on the River Trail. This 6.5-mile trail begins near the equestrian parking lot, about 2 miles north of the day-use area. You'll wander down through mature and transitional stands of forest on a trail that gradually opens into meadows along the banks of the White River. This trail offers unobstructed scenic views, abundant wildlife, and access to the White River.
Please note that Mud Mountain Dam is a day-use park and does not have overnight camping facilities.
Bicycling (Mountain and Trail)
Wildlife Viewing Sites