Boating/Water-Based Recreation

Date: October 2009
Call Number: IORT-PR-2009-1
Researcher(s): Douglas Reiter, Steven W. Burr, Taral Hull, and David Wilson
Summary: The purpose of the study was to determine existing outdoor recreation activities and patterns and evaluate potential changes due to proposed construction of Bear River Narrows dam and reservoir. The proposed project would involve construction of a new dam and reservoir downstream from the existing Oneida Reservoir located about 15 miles northeast of Franklin, Idaho. Approximately 4.5 miles of the Bear River and surrounding adjacent lands would be covered by waters impounded by the proposed dam.
  
Visitor intercept interviews were conducted at the developed as well as dispersed sites at Oneida Reservoir, Bear River Narrows, and downstream to Highway 34 over a one year season. The survey questions were designed with four goals in mind:
  1. Collect baseline data of visitor characteristics and use patterns for the purposes of determining current use.
  2. Collect visitor expectation and satisfaction data. This will also be useful for long-term monitoring and helping resource managers understand visitor interests and preferences.
  3. Collect data on the relationship between area tourism and hydroelectric dam and reservoir development.
  4. Collect data on displacement of current users that would result from construction of a hydroelectric dam and reservoir.
 
To meet these objectives, a survey of randomly selected visitors was conducted that addresses five primary research questions:
  1. What are the primary visitor and use characteristics associated with recreation in study locations?
  2. How do the presence and condition of biophysical and managerial resources affect the experience and satisfaction of visitors to the dispersed and developed areas?
  3. How will potential changes to those resources as the result of water impoundment affect recreation use in the area?
  4. What preferences do visitors have of resource management?
  5. How much money are visitors and locals spending to recreate in the study area?
 
Date: December, 2008
Call Number: N/A
Researchers: John E. Keith, Paul M. Jakus, Jacoba Larsen, Steven W. Burr, and Jascha M. Zeitlin
Summary: The designation of a Wild and Scenic River and its impact on recreation and non-recreation users of these rivers has not been widely studied. Utah State University, as a part of the Baseline Socioeconomic Study funded by the State of Utah, completed a review of the literature about the recreation and non-recreation impacts of Wild and Scenic designation. Only 11 studies related to Wild and Scenic Rivers were identified, of which five dealt exclusively with recreation use and/or value. None of those studies identified a scientifically significant designation effect on visitation.
 

The studies, which addressed the non-recreational effects of designation, were narrowly focused on one or two of those effects (land value or the effects of expenditures). Evidence regarding a designation effect from even those studies was mixed. Therefore, a key informant interview survey of approximately 150 persons was completed in an effort to determine possible impacts of the designation of river segments in Utah as part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Date: October 2007
Call Number: IORT-PR-2007-3b
Researcher(s): William Spain, Douglas Reiter, Dale Blahna, and Steven Burr

Summary: In 2005 and 2006, Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism researchers at Utah State University, in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation (State Parks), conducted a multi-phase planning process and subsequent
report. Information obtained from the respondents and contributors, along with subsequent analyses and management recommendations, are contained in this report. Four research phases were completed for this project: (1) in-depth interviews of managers of recreational water bodies; (2) regional meetings with state and federal employees who are knowledgeable about recreational water use in Utah; (3) a telephone survey of a sample of registered boat owners in Utah; and (4) a short online survey for state park managers.The purpose of this project was to analyze data collected during the aforementioned research phases, along with previously collected data, and provide State Parks’ planners with management considerations. Recommendations for the implementation of these objectives on both a statewide and regional level are based on the goals and suggestions of Utah State Park lake/reservoir managers, users (phone survey of boat owners), and previous studies. (See also part one of this two-part study below.)

Date: June, 2007
Call Number: IORT-PR-2007-3a
Researcher(s): William Spain, Douglas Reiter, Dale Blahna, and Steven Burr

Summary: The purpose of this study was to provide the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation with longitudinal data about registered boat owners in the state. This report compares the results of a 2006 telephone survey of registered boaters with the results of surveys from 1989, 1994 and 1999.The 2006 telephone survey was part of a statewide planning project conducted by Utah State Parks and Utah State University’s Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. (See also part two of this two-part study above.)

A Statewide Telephone Survey of Utah Residents’ Attitudes Toward Utah State Parks
Call Number: IORT-PR-2005-1

Date: June 1, 2005
Researcher(s): Steven W. Burr, Douglas K. Reiter, Dale J. Blahna, and William S. Spain
Summary: Utah State University’s Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (IORT), working collaboratively with the State Division of Parks and Recreation (Utah State Parks), conducted a statewide telephone survey of Utah residents’ attitudes toward State Parks. Almost two thousand residents throughout the state, stratified by the seven Planning Districts, were surveyed by telephone in September and October of 2004. This report presents the results of the Statewide Telephone Survey, along with implications and recommendations for Utah State Parks in the Executive Summary.
 
Date: December 31, 2002
Call Number: IORT-PR-2002-3
Researcher(s): Doug Reiter, Dale Blahna, and Monica Zimmerman
Summary: The purpose of this study was to conduct a visitor survey of boaters and campers recreating along a 39-mile stretch of the South Fork of the Snake River in southeast Idaho. Recreation along the South Fork is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Idaho Falls Field Office. In order to provide BLM river corridor managers with river use data, researchers at Utah State University (USU) conducted this survey during the summer of 2001 at five takeouts on the river. The objectives of this research were to gain insights in to visitors' demographic characteristics, recreational use patterns and characteristics, river trip satisfaction and conflicts, attitudes toward use limits, potential alternative destinations, attitudes toward development along the river, and comments and recommendations regarding management rules and policy.
 

A Summary Report: 2001 Mystic Lakes Recreational Visitors Survey
Date: May 5, 2002
Call Number: IORT-PR-2002-2
Researcher(s): Doug Reiter, Dale Blahna, and Scott Spleiss
Summary: In an effort to better serve the public through improved management of water-based recreation areas, Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota, along with researchers at Utah State University, conducted a research survey of boaters and other recreationists during the summer of 2001 at two Black Hills lakes: Sheridan Lake and Pactola Reservoir. The objectives of this research were to gain insights into visitor’s demographic characteristics, recreational use patterns and characteristics, outdoor recreation satisfaction and conflicts, attitudes toward use limits, potential alternative destinations, and comments and recommendations regarding recreation resource management. This report summarizes the results of the study. At each lake three subgroups were sampled: boaters at the ramps, slip holders, and other recreationists contacted at beaches and campgrounds.

Date: March 12, 2002
Call Number: IORT-PR-2002-1
Researcher(s): Doug Reiter, Dale Blahna, Mert Redmond, and Rosalind Bahr
Summary: This report details intercept survey results of boaters at four Utah State Park reservoirs and lakes: Hyrum Reservoir, Bear Lake, Pineview Reservoir, and Echo Reservoir. The study duplicated the methods and survey questions from the 1999 IORT intercept survey of Utah State Park reservoirs on four different waterbodies. Survey data includes boater characteristic, lake use characteristics, visitor use characteristics, and visitor comments and recommendations.
 
Utah River Study Results Report
Date: October 15, 2001
Call Number: IORT-PR-2001-3
Researcher(s): Douglas K. Reiter, Dale J. Blahna, and Jesse Evans
Summary: Data from visitor use permits of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed rivers shows an increasing demand for river recreation. In 1999, in order to address this increasing use, researchers at Utah State University conducted a survey of river runners in order to provide BLM managers with information about boaters' river management preferences and help guide management decisions. The study focused on river segments that contain raftable whitewater and receive use from commercial rafting operators.  Surveys were adminstered to both private and commercial boaters on nine segments of the Colorado, Green, White, and San Juan Rivers The specific objectives were to: 1) update visitor use- and experience-related information; 2) collect economic expenditure data; 3) standardize visitor social and economic information for all river segments; 4) provide information useful for updating or developing BLM management plans for the selected rivers; 5) and gather data that could be relevent for future economicand community development startegies.
Utah River Study Results Report:
 

A Summary Report: 1999 Utah State Park Boater Telephone Survey
Date: January 2001
Call Number: IORT PR-2001-1
Researcher(s): Douglas K. Reiter, Dale J. Blahna, Joshua J. Smith, and Rosalind Bahr
Summary: Reports telephone survey results of boaters at four Utah State Park reservoirs, Deer Creek, Jordanelle, Willard Bay, and East Canyon, including demographic characteristics of boaters, boating practices, boaters' attitudes and opinions, along with a qualitative analysis of boater comments.

Date: September, 2000
Call Number: IORT-PR-2000-2
Researcher(s): Douglas K. Reiter, Dale J. Blahna, Eric Toman, and Rosalind Bahr
Summary: Reports research survey results of boaters at four Utah State Park reservoirs: Deer Creek, Jordanelle, Willard Bay, and East Canyon.  Survey data includes boater characteristic, lake use characteristics, visitor use characteristics, and visitor comments and recommendations.