Southern Lakes in Utah
Anderson Meadow Reservoir
Directions-From the west, exit I-15 at Beaver and travel up Beaver Canyon on U-153 for about 12 miles to the FS-137 turnoff, at Little Cottonwood Campground. Travel on FS-137 for another 6 miles to Anderson Meadow Reservoir. From the east, travel up U-153 from US-89 at Junction for 12 miles to FS-173, and go 7 miles on FS-137.
Description-Anderson Meadows Campground has 10 campsites with drinking water, and toilets. There is a usage fee.
You will have to hike .25 mile from UT HWY 14 near Navajo Lake. The lake is stocked throughout the summer with rainbow.
Baker Dam Reservoir
Directions-It is 4 miles north of Veyo and 2 miles south of Central. There is an unpaved access road from U-18 that leads east to the reservoir.
The BLM's Baker Reservoir campground is next to the reservoir, and has 10 campsites with picnic areas, vault toilets, drinking water, but no boat ramp. Usage fees are charged. Cabins and meals are also available in the area. Pine Valley Reservoir is 12.75 miles northeast of here.
Elevation-10,049 ft : 14 Acres : Depth Maximum-16.4 ft/Mean-10.5 ft Length-1,000 ft/Width-400 ft/Shoreline-2,800 ft
Directions-From Monroe take FS-078, and go south then southeast out of town following the signs to Monrovian Park. After Monrovian Park the road will turn to gravel. About 7 miles past Monrovian Park, the Piute ATV trail joins the route, and another 5 miles the road (FS-083) takes you to Manning Meadows Reservoir, and Barney Lake branches to the right. From the east, take the gravel road 1/2 mile north of the Greenwich church on U-62 6 miles south of Koosharem to the west and up onto the Sevier Plateau, which becomes FS-069. The Piute ATV Trail follows this route. 1 mile past the turn off to Lower Box Creek Reservoir, turn right on FS-078. Proceed to the junction of FS-078 and FS-083 3-4 miles. From the FS-078/FS-083 junction, go south on FS-083, past Manning Meadows Reservoir, to the turn off to Barney Lake.
Elevation-9,331 ft : 123 Acres
Length-5,400 ft/Width-1,530 ft/Shoreline-2.6 miles
Directions-Big Lake is accessible from FS-068, the road between Annabella and Glenwood. From Annabella, head east out of town for 5 miles to a road on the right, which becomes FS-068 and goes to Big Lake. From Glenwood, go east out of downtown on the paved road, which bends south, and reaches the junction with FS-068 after about 4 miles. Travel on FS-068 for about 9 miles to Big Lake, which will be on the north side of the road.
Birch Creek Reservoir #2
Depth Maximum-81 ft : Mean-35 ft
Length-4,137 ft : Width-859 ft : Shoreline-2.05 miles
Directions-Birch Creek Reservoir #2 is accessible from U-39. The turnoff is about 36 miles east of Huntsville, exactly two miles west of the Woodruff Creek Reservoirs turnoff, and 8 miles west of Woodruff. Turn north and follow the gravel road to the northwest up Birch Creek about one mile to the reservoirs. Reservoir #2 is upstream from reservoir #1. The turnoff is poorly marked, but with a good map the road is not difficult to find.
Description-There is a picnic area with primitive toilets between the two reservoirs. By midsummer the reservoir is drained down to about 25 feet deep exposing its muddy banks.
Blanding City Reservoir #4
Depth Maximum-46 ft : Mean-21.3 ft
Length-2,600 ft : Width-2,100 ft : Shoreline-1.2 miles
Directions-From downtown Blanding, travel north out of town. The asphalt road winds through the desert past Reservoirs #2 and #3.
Description-The lake has rainbow and largemouth bass. Swimming, camping and boating are prohibited. Reservoir #3 has a city park with water and vault toilets.
Depth Maximum-18 ft/Mean-8 ft
Length-1,790 ft/Width-300 ft/Shoreline-3,980 ft
Directions-Cook Lake is ten miles east of Posey Lake Road on the Boulder Mountain Road (FR-178). The Posey Lake Road runs from Loa to Escalante, and the Boulder Mountain Road turnoff is about 11 miles south of Loa. Cook Lake is on the east side of the road. The existing road bypasses the lake, but the old road goes right past it. Turn left onto the old road, just before the final incline up the cliff to the top of the mountain. If you get to the top turn around and go back down the cliff and make a half right onto the old road at the bottom. The lake is 0.5 miles north of the main road on the old road. Access roads are not maintained in the winter, but the lake is easily reached on cross-country skis or by snowmobile.
Dark Canyon Lake
Depth Maximum-30 ft/Mean-11.1 ft
Length-600 ft/Width-500 ft/Shoreline-3,000 ft
Directions-Dark Canyon Lake is 48 miles southeast of Moab or 14 miles north of La Sal. From mile post 118 on US-191 eight miles south of Moab, turn east on Old Airport Road and follow pass the turnoff to Kens Lake, which should be visible about 11 miles south of Moab, to the La Sal Mountain Loop road. There is a junction approximately 3 miles south of the road to Kens Lake, but continue on past the junction, up Brumley Ridge into the La Sal Mountains, to the Geyser Pass Road in 8 miles. The Geyser Pass Road is a well-maintained gravel road that leads southeast to Geyser Pass in 7 miles. After Geyser Pass turn south on FS-129 to the lake in 5 miles. Continuing on past Dark Canyon Lake on FS-129 will eventually lead you to U-46 and to La Sal, Utah. Approximately 6 miles past the lake is the intersection with FS-208. Turn south and travel for 6 more miles to U-46. Two miles further southwest is the town of La Sal.
Description-The lake has rainbow and tiger trout.
Depth Maximum-26.2 ft : Mean-8.1 ft
Length-2,520 ft : Width-630 ft : Shoreline-5,510 ft
Directions-The roads have been improved, but the last mile to the reservoir requires a vehicle with high clearance. From downtown Teasdale, go south and east for 1.5 miles. Turn right on a gravel road marked with a sign for Donkey Reservoir. Take the left fork at the junction to Coleman Lake. You will pass Bob's Hole on the way and Round Lake near the top. The upper reaches of the road are primitive, suitable only for hikers, horses, mountain bikes, and high clearance vehicles.
The reservoir is stocked from the Brook Trout fishery.
Duck Creek Springs Lake
Located east of Navajo Lake just north of UT HWY 14. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brook.
4 sq. miles
Depth Maximum-74.8 ft/Mean-84.9 ft
Length-5.3 miles/Width-1.1 miles/Shoreline-12.3 miles
Directions-Fish Lake is on U-25, which runs from U-24 between Salina and Loa.
There are 2 marinas, and some restaurants. Campgrounds include Doctor Creek, 29 sites and 2 group sites, Mackinaw has 53 sites and 15 group sites, and Bowery has 31 sites and 12 group sites. All have flush toilets and have fees for use. Private resorts include Bowery Haven and Fish Lake Lodge/Lakeside Resort. Both offer boat rentals, launching ramps, rustic and modern cabins, groceries, gas, RV park facilities, and campgrounds. Bowery Haven also has an eight room motel and a cafe. Nightly rates are about $10 for tent or RV camping, $30 - 60 for housekeeping cabins, and $100 for large cabins. Reservations should be made several months in advance.
Depth Maximum-80 ft/Mean-26 ft
Length-1.3 miles/Width-0.3 mile/Shoreline-3.4 miles
Directions-From Loa, head north on UT 72 for 7 miles, and drive past the reservoir to a dirt road on the left, that will take you .5 mile to the reservoir.
The lake includes an unimproved public boat ramp.
Depth Maximum-28 ft : Mean-15 ft
From Manti, head south on US 89 for 3 miles, and turn right on Gunnison Reservoir Road and head west 1 mile to the reservoir. The lake is mainly used for fishing, due to being shallow, and muddy.
Description-The lake offers fishing for rainbow trout.
Directions-From St. George, head west on Sunset Blvd. just before Shivwits on the right side of the road.
Johnson Valley Reservoir
Depth Maximum-21 ft : Mean-14.2 ft
Length-1.7 miles : Width-1.2 miles : Shoreline-4.9 miles
Directions-From Loa, head north on UT 72 for 8 miles, and turn left onto UT 25. Drive up the mountain 25 miles, turn left and continue to the reservoir.
Recreational facilities at the reservoir consist of an improved public boat ramp and picnic facilities at Johnson Reservoir Park, on FS-036 1 mile east of the junction with FS-640. The Forest Service maintains a free campground at the junction of FS-036 and FS-640.
Depth Maximum-70ft : Mean-33ft
Length-2,690 ft : Width-1,440 ft : Shoreline-7,000 ft
Directions-Kens Lake is 13 miles southeast of Moab. From mile post 118 on US-191 (about eight miles south of Moab) turn east on Old Airport Road and follow the sign to Kens Lake, La Sal Mountain Loop, and Redrock Speedway. After one mile, turn right where Old Airport Road ends, and head south for 1.5 miles to Flat Pass Road on the left. From here the dam should be visible about a mile to the east. Flat Pass Road reaches Kens Lake in about two miles.
Description-It is possible to launch a boat on the lake, but boating is restricted to trolling and nonmotorized craft. The lake is closed from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM, but camping is permitted in designated areas. The lake has no riparian habitats or other common lakeside scenery, but the 1,000 feet of slickrock bluffs bordering the Spanish Valley are impressive. The area immediately around the lake is popular for primitive camping.
Depth Maximum-30 ft : Mean-20.3 ft
Length-1,500 ft : Width-1,125 ft : Shoreline-4,300 ft
Directions-Kents Lake is accessible from FS-137, a gravel road across the north slope of Circleville Mountain also passing by Anderson Meadow Reservoir and LaBaron Lake. FS-137 both originates and terminates at intersections with U 153, the road from Beaver to Junction. From the west, exit I-15 at Beaver and travel up Beaver Canyon on U-153 for about 10 miles to the FS-137 turnoff, at Little Cottonwood Campground. Travel on FS-137 for another 3 miles to Kents Lake. From the east, travel up U-153 from US-89 at Junction for 12 miles to FS-173, and go 10 miles on FS-173 to Kents Lake. It may be better, though longer, to stay on U-153 until the 2nd junction with FS-173 in Beaver Canyon, then backtrack on FS-173 to Kents Lake.
Kents Lake Campground, maintained by the Forest Service, is adjacent to the reservoir and offers camping for a fee, and has 17 campsites, drinking water and vault toilets.
Depth Maximum-51 ft : Mean-20.6 ft
Length-1.08 miles : Width-11.3 miles : Shoreline-4.35 miles
Directions-From I-15 take exit 15, and head east on UT 9 through Hurricane and Virgin. Just past Virgin turn left onto Kolob Reservoir Road 25 miles to the reservoir.
Snowmobiling is popular around the lake. The water is too cold for most swimmers and waterskiers. There are 2 boat ramps and several locations along the shore to launch your boat.
Surface area-310 acres
Depth Maximum-20 ft/Mean-12 ft
Directions-From Loa, head northwest on UT-24 and go past UT 62. After 20 miles the reservoir will be on yourright.
No fees are charged for use.
Depth Maximum-21.3 ft : Mean-10.6 ft
Length-1,795 ft : Width-910 ft : Shoreline-4,000 ft
Directions-LaBaron Lake is accessible from FS-137, a gravel road across the north slope of Circleville Mountain also passing by Kents Lake and Anderson Meadow Reservoir. FS-137 originates and ends at separate junctions with U-153. From the west, exit I-15 at Beaver and travel up Beaver Canyon on U-153 for about 10 miles to the FS-137 turnoff, at Little Cottonwood Campground. Travel on FS-137 for another 10 miles to LaBaron Lake. From the east, travel up U-153 (this segment is unpaved) from US-89 at Junction for 12 miles to FS-173, and go three miles on FS-173 to LaBaron Lake.
Little Creek Reservoir
Depth Maximum-17 ft : Mean-10 ft
Length-2,109 ft : Width-1,875 ft : Shoreline-1.43 miles
Directions-Little Creek Reservoir is accessible from Randolph. From downtown, go west up the canyon for about two miles.
Description-The lake is stocked with catchable rainbow trout every spring. By late summer the reservoir is usually completely dry and the area is not notably scenic.
Depth Maximum-66.3 ft : Mean-33.8 ft
Length-5,527 ft : Width-1,742 ft : Shoreline-20,000 ft
Directions-Lloyds Lake is two miles southwest of Monticello. Travel west from downtown on Blue Mountain North Creek Road (FS-105). Half a mile past a school on the right (at 200 W in Monticello), turn left on a gravel road and go one mile to the reservoir.
Lower Bowns Reservoir
Depth Maximum-45 ft : Mean-15 ft
Length-2,600 ft : Width-1,250 ft : Shoreline-1.33 ft
Directions-From Boulder, head north on UT 12 for 19 miles. Turn right on a dirt road for 5 miles to the dam.
There are several camping spots along the sandy shoreline.
Lower/Upper Enterprise Reservoir
Depth Maximum-60 ft : Mean-49 ft
Length-1.18 miles : Width-1.03 miles : Shoreline-7 miles
Directions-From St. George head north on UT 18 to the town of Enterprise, and head west out of town for six miles to a place called Hebron. Drive south on another paved road and continue for five miles to the Honeycomb Rocks Campground, from which both Lower and Upper Reservoirs are accessible.
Honeycomb Rocks Campground is on a peninsula bordered by the lower reservoir to the east and the upper reservoir to the west. It has flush toilets, 21 campsites, drinking water, a boat ramp, and fishing areas. Usage fees are charged.
Lower Box Reservoir
Depth Maximum-23 ft
Length-2,000 ft : Width-600 ft : Shoreline-4,600 ft
Directions-From Monroe, go south, then southeast out of town, following signs to Monrovian Park. At Monrovian Park, continue on FS-078 as it turns to gravel and climbs to the top of the plateau. About 16 miles past Monrovian Park and .5 miles beyond the 23rd FS-068 junction, the road to Lower BoxCreek Reservoir branches to the right.
Manning Meadow Reservoir
Depth Maximum-49 ft : Mean-18.1 ft
Directions-From Monroe Go south, then southeast out of town, following signs to Monrovian Park. At Monrovian Park, continue on FS-078 as it turns to gravel and climbs to the top of the plateau. About 12 miles past Monrovian Park, the road (FS-083) to Manning Meadows Reservoir and Barney Lake branches to the right.
Description-The lake offers fishing for rainbow & brook.
Mill Meadow Reservoir
Depth Maximum-66 ft : Mean-33.5 ft
Length-8,531 ft : Width-1,499 ft : Shoreline-4.73 miles
Directions-From Loa, head north on UT 72 through Fremont and turn left onto UT 25. The reservoir will be on the west side of the road 2 miles up.
Recreational facilities are limited at the reservoir with only restrooms and unimproved campsites.
Depth Maximum-18 ft : Mean-5 ft
Length-1,584 ft : Width-528 ft : Shoreline-2,112 ft
Directions-Monticello Lake is 8 miles west of Monticello. Travel west from downtown onto the Blue Mountain North Creek Road (FS-105). Monticello Lake is on the right side of the road, one mile past Buckboard Campground.
From Panguitch, take US 89 south to UT 14, and head west for 23 miles. The lake will be on the left.
Depth Maximum-77.5 ft : Mean-23.6 ft
Length-6,595 ft : Width-1,476 ft : Shoreline-3 miles
Directions-From U-56, travel 5 blocks south in Newcastle and turn east (left). The road winds up a wide canyon for about 1.5 miles, and then climbs the canyon wall at the dam. Access to the reservoir is possible on primitive roads past the dam on the left.
This small reservoir is located 6.56 miles east of Gunnison from HWY-28 on the north side of the road of US-89, and 7.75 miles south of Manti. The reservoir is out in the open and has no tree coverage, but has been known as a hot fishing spot for Rainbow Trout.
From Gunnison drive east on US-89 for 8.41 miles into the town of Sterling, turn east onto Palisade Rd and drive 1.65 miles to the lake entrance and fee station. From Manti head south on US-89 for about 5.90 miles to Palisade Rd. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. The state park has a sandy beach with nice clear blue water, restrooms with hot showers, a golf course, and pavilions. Usage fees are charged.
Depth Maximum-66 ft : Mean-19 ft
Length-2 miles : Width-1.1 miles : Shoreline-5.5 miles
Directions-Head south on UT 143 for 17 miles to the lake.
Panguitch Lake is an excellent location for recreation year around, including picnicking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. It has also become a popular site for ice fishing during the winter months. There are two USFS campgrounds south of the lake, Panguitch Lake North and Panguitch Lake South. Both have flush toilets, electrical hookups, picnic areas, family and multi-family units with tables, water, fire pits, and asphalt roadways. The south campground has mainly tent sites, while the north campground has R.V. trailer sites. Fees are charged for use. There are also four private resorts on Panguitch Lake, each with many services, including gasoline and groceries.
Depth Maximum-20 ft ; Mean-14.29 ft
Length-2,700 ft : Width-2,000 ft : Shoreline-1.28 miles
Directions-From Panguitch, head south on US 89 to UT 12 east. Turn left onto UT 22 and head north for 11 miles. Turn right on Pine Lake Road and follow the signs to the lake.
Cross country skiing and snowmobiling are popular around the lake. The water is too cold for most swimmers and waterskiiers. Pine Lake Campground is adjacent to the lake and maintained by the Foerst Service. It has 33 campsites and 2 group sites. Facilities include vault toilets, water, and cemented fire pits. Usage fees are collected.
Depth Maximum-19.7 ft : Mean-5 ft
Length-1,100 ft : Width-600 ft : Shoreline-3,200 ft
Directions-From FS-153 from downtown Escalante. Follow this gravel road northward for 20 miles to FS-154, which passes Posey Lake.
Smaller boats are allowed on the lake and a boatramp is located on the eastern end of the lake. The road is not maintained in the winter. Usage is moderate. Posy Lake Campground is adjacent to the lake and maintained by the Forest Service. It has 23 campsites, vault toilets and picnic areas. Usage fees are collected.
Depth Maximum-50 ft : Mean-14.8 ft
Length-3,609 ft : Width-1,640 ft : Shoreline-1.5 miles
Directions-Puffer Lake is 18 miles east of Beaver and 16 miles west of Junction on U-153. The highway from Beaver is paved, while the highway from Junction is gravel and maintained in good condition.
Puffer Lake and the surrounding area is entirely privately owned by the Puffer Lake Resort, but public access is permitted through agreements with DWR that allow for fishery access to the lake. Facilities at the resort include: camping, cottage rental, boat rental, boat launching, fishing, showers, and a convenience store. Puffer Lake receives heavy fishing pressure during the summer season.
Red Creek Reservoir/Paragonah Reservoir
Depth Maximum-31 ft : Mean-22 ft
Length-4,265 ft : Width-984 ft : Shoreline-10,033 ft
Directions-From I-15 take exit 82 and drive south into town. Turn east at Center Street, eventually turning into Paragonah Main Canyon Road. Follow this road east to the reservoir.
There are restroom facilities available.
Surface area-46 acres
Depth Maximum-38 ft/Mean-21 ft
Length-2,059 ft/Width-686 ft/Shoreline-5,590 ft
Directions-From Salina get on I-70 east. Take Gooseberry exit 81, 7 miles east of Salina and travel south on FS-640, a paved road. About 4 miles south of I-70, leave the paved road, turning right on FS-037 .5 miles later, turn left on FS-050 and follow it for 8 miles to Rex Reservoir.
Rocky Ford Reservoir
Directions-From Salina, head south on US 89. Follow the east route to UT 24 to the town if Sigurd.
Directions-From Salina, head northwest for 15 miles, and the lake will be on your left.
Description-The lake is usually dried up by the end of the summer. Itís more like a muddy pond for cattle to drink out of.
Three Creeks Reservoirswimming
Surface area-133.29 Acres
Depth Maximum-84.3 ft : Mean-35.4 ft
Length-2,953 ft : Width-1,476 ft : Shoreline-11,483 ft
Directions-17 miles east of Beaver or 18 miles west of Junction. The highway from Beaver is paved, while the highway from Junction is gravel, but a fairly good road.
Skiing is possible in the area. Usage is moderate and it is usually possible to launch a boat in the reservoir.
Depth Maximum-29.9 ft : Mean-9.9 ft
Length-7,809 ft : Width-1,201 ft : Shoreline-3 miles
Directions-From Panguitch, follow UT 12 through Red Canyon towards Bryce for 8 miles and turn right on East Fork for 8 more miles to the reservoir on your right
Snowmobiling is popular around the lake. The reservoir has a concrete boat ramp. King Creek, a Forest Service campground at the reservoir, has 34 campsites and picnic areas. Facilities include tables, fire pits, toilets, water and a sanitary dump station for recreational vehicles. Fees are charged for use.
Upper Sand Cove Reservoir
Directions-From Veyo drive 2 miles south and turn right and drive past Lower Sand Cove Reservoir on your way to Upper Sand Cove Reservoir.
Description-This is a tiny little lake that is stocked with rainbow trout.
Wide Hollow Reservoir
Depth Maximum-23 ft : Mean-16 ft
Length-3,200 ft : Width-2,200 ft
Directions-From Escalante, Take UT 12 west and the reservoir will be on the right side of the road, inside Escalante State Park.
The reservoir shoreline is primarily privately owned with a State Park located on the southeastern corner. The Escalante State Park is noted for colorful deposits of petrified wood and dinosaur bones. There is an improved public boat ramp at the reservoir. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is the only public camping facility in the area. It has 24 campsites, vault toilets and picnic areas. Usage fees are collected.
Yankee Meadow Reservoir
Depth Maximum-26 ft : Mean- 15.7 ft
Length-2,100 ft : Width-1,125 ft
Directions-Yankee Meadow Reservoir is accessible from FS-049, a gravel road leading up the face of the Markagunt Plateau. Access is easiest from Parowan on U-143. Approximately 3.5 miles south of Parowan, turn left on a paved road up First Left Hand Canyon to Vermillion Castle and Yankee Meadow Reservoir. At the campground, the road turns to gravel. Yankee Meadow is about 8 miles from U-143. Access is also possible from FS-048, up Second Left Hand Canyon (1/4 mile further south on U-143) and FS-048 from the top of the Markagunt Plateau, from 5 miles east of Cedar Breaks and 11 miles west of Panguitch Lake. The latter route may be snow covered until early summer in years of heavy snow accumulation. FS-047 is better maintained than FS-048. One of the most scenic drives in Utah is from U-143 north on FS-048, the Sidney Valley Road.