The state park of Jordanelle opened June 29, 1995 Construction of the dam caused uproar among the conservationists, already deeply intent on maintaining the natural state of the Provo River. A large area at the foot of the dam was converted into an artificial wetland, and there has been talk of returning the river to a more 'natural' course.
The reservoir is a focus for recreation in the region, but has also caused a great deal of population growth in Northern Wasatch County, serving as a bedroom community for Park City. The relocation of U.S. Highway 40 also facilitated the expansion of Deer Valley Ski Resort.
The expansion of Highway 40 because of the relocation has also caused growth in the local communities, including Midway, which has seen approximately 73% growth since the reservoir and highway were completed in the early 1990s.