Panguitch Lake is located just 14 miles southwest of Panguitch, along Scenic Highway 143. Situated at 8,400 feet on the Colorado Plateau, this high-elevation lake is one of the premiere lake destinations in southern Utah for year-round fishing, canoeing, boating, camping and outdoor recreation.
Panguitch means “big fish” in Paiute, and Panguitch Lake doesn’t disappoint. This is where you’ll find some of the largest rainbow trout in Utah as well as plentiful brook, cutthroat and brown trout. Ancient legend says that the trout were once so abundant in Panguitch Lake that the Paiutes could spear fish from the shore.
Base Camp to Explore
In addition to top-notch fishing, Panguitch Lake offers 10 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by ponderosa pine forest. This mountain getaway features a campground, miles of hiking and equestrian trails, tubing, boating and 100 miles of ATV trails.
Panguitch Lake is also a great base-camp for exploring nearby attractions. Cedar Breaks National Monument is just 14 miles away, and Bryce Canyon National Park is about an hour’s drive. The lake is also centrally located to Mammoth Cave, Cascade Falls and Twisted Forest.
Head to this high-elevation lake in summer to escape the southern Utah heat. In winter, the lake offers some of the best ice fishing in Utah. The Panguitch Lake ATV Trail System doubles as snowmobile trails in winter.