North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Leland On May - 20 - 2017 0 Comment

Looking for the perfect place to spend the day communing with nature? Whether you’re an avid fisherman or an outdoor enthusiast, Panguitch Lake in Southwest Utah is for you. Located at an elevation of 8,200 feet on the Colorado Plateau in the Dixie National Forest, this 1,200-acre lake offers majestic views of high meadows and thick forests of aspens, pines and cedar trees. During the dog days of summer, a trip to Panguitch Lake makes for a refreshing getaway. After all, the temperatures at this high-elevation lake are much cooler than at lower elevations.

Panguitch Lake, meaning “big fish” in the Paiute Indian language, offers trophy quality fishing. It’s home to some of the largest rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout in southern Utah with average-sized trout ranging from 14 inches to 24 inches long. You can fish from the shore or from a boat in this 66-foot deep lake. Be warned though, the boat ramps can accommodate only fishing or pontoon boats, nothing larger.

Relax in the tranquil atmosphere as you reel in fish after fish. Want to cook your fresh catch of the day? Then use one of the grills located in the picnic area. Not lucky enough to catch your meal? Then grab a bite at the small restaurant beside the lake. Boat rentals, as well as gasoline, fishing supplies, groceries, and showers, are all available at the lake.

Don’t like to fish?
Another favorite activity on the waters of this creek-fed lake is canoeing. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape as you paddle along its 5.5 miles of shoreline.

Want to stay on dry land? Then explore the more than 100 miles of trails that comprise the Panguitch Lake ATV trail system. These trails twist and turn through high meadows and forested lands. Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding are also popular endeavors among outdoor enthusiasts. Remember to bring your binoculars since deer and elk are commonly sighted in this area.

Not ready to leave?
For those who want to spend the night, rent a cabin near the lake. Family Time Vacation Rentals offers Utah cabin rentals in Panguitch or in nearby towns.

What’s near Panguitch Lake?
The Cedar Breaks National Monument is a mere 14 miles from the lake. More than 10 miles of hiking trails, along with guided tours, are available. The Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, adjacent to this monument, is home to the Twisted Forest, a stand of ancient bristlecone pine trees.


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