Fish Lake and Fishlake National Forest

Written by on July 6, 2017 in UT Outdoor Adventures - Comments Off on Fish Lake and Fishlake National Forest

Fish Lake is the largest natural mountain lake in Utah and is surrounded by majestic stands of aspens encircling open mountain meadows. The meadows and surrounding terrain are home to over 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, and include elk, deer, black bear, cougar, wild turkey, moose and mountain goats. Fish Lake is known for its large Lake Trout, or Mackinaw. These fish grow to over 50 pounds and can put a stretch on an angler’s line. In addition to the Macs, Fish Lake is home to rainbow trout, tiger muskie, Splake and yellow perch.


The Fishlake National Forest is comprised of 1,434,592 acres divided into several areas. To the east, where the bright blue sky meets the crystal blue of water, is the forest’s namesake – Fish Lake. To the west are the weird and fanciful formations of Castle Rock in historic Clear Creek Canyon. The north and the south hold surprisingly lush riparian areas in canyons that lead to sagebrush plains. The terrain varies from sagebrush and grasslands to Pinyon and Juniper forests, from aspen and pine forests to riparian and aquatic habitats. Much of the area was shaped by volcanic activity around 25 million years ago, including Monroe Mountain.

Recreational opportunities include scenic drives, mountain biking, hunting, scenic drives, picnicking, rock hunting and geology, snowmobiling, ATV use, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and camping. The mountains and plateaus of the forest provide exceptional use for All-Terrain Vehicle travel.  Trail use varies from light, along the Skyline Trail in the Tushar Mountains, to heavy, along the Lake Shore Trail at Fish Lake. Both of these roads are designated as National Recreation Trails.

The Bullion Canyon — Canyon of Gold Auto Tour is a great way to explore the area if you don’t want to be on foot. This is a driving tour along national forest roads that passes many buildings, mines, and other cultural history artifacts. A brochure is available at the beginning of the driving trail and in all Fishlake National Forest offices. The tour takes visitors back to a bygone area when gold was king and men would endure nearly any hardship to find it.

Many campgrounds allow a wide range of outdoor experiences. To name just a few, there is Piute (rustic), Mackinaw (hot showers and flush toilets), Frying Pan (sunny with great views), Doctor Creek (lakeshore site), and Tasha Equestrian (great horse trails and facilities). A full range of services and facilities is available year-round at the three resorts, including the famous Fish Lake Lodge & Lakeside Resort.

Fishlake National Forest
115 East 900 North
Richfield, UT 84701
Phone: (435) 896-9233

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