Utah has more than 100 bodies of water large enough to fit a boat on. The opportunities for recreation on Utah’s lakes are almost as diverse as the lakes themselves. Deep lakes support thriving fisheries, others are more suited for exploring by houseboat, and some are fun places for swimming and wading. Some lakes are near urban centers, and others are in remote areas. No matter what lake or lakes you choose to visit, you will be assured of a memorable experience.
Great Salt Lake
Approximately 12,000 years ago, the level of Lake Bonneville fell precipitously due to changes in the Great Basin climate. The Gilbert Level Shoreline ended about 10,000 years ago and left its mark about fifty feet above the present level of Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake covers 1,700 square miles and is the largest lake in the USA outside the Great Lakes region. There are 11 islands on the lake, with Gunnison Island being protected as the main rookery for a number of endangered birds. Visitors come for great hiking, biking, sightseeing, and golf, and in the winter there is skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Great for family activities!
Panguitch Lake is located in the heart of the Dixie National Forest in southwestern Utah. This natural lake is surrounded by a dense forest of spruce, aspen, and ponderosa pines. The lake is located at the elevation of 8,200 feet and is believed to be over 1,000 years old. Panguitch Lake is best known as a fishing destination. Its cold water is full of trout – rainbow, brook, cutthroat, and brown. In the winter, the lake is a popular destination for ice fishing.
Fish Lake is a 2,500-acre body of water in the heart of the Fishlake National Forest. Surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Mytoges Mountains, this clear lake is the largest natural mountain lake in Utah. The lake is deep, reaching 170 feet in some spots. Water comes to Fish Lake from Doctor, Jorgenson, Twin, and Bowery Creeks, and it exits through Lake Creek on the way to the Fremont River. Fish Lake, from which the forest takes its name, is considered by many to be the gem of Utah. It offers trophy fishing and bird watching.
Deer Creek Reservoir is located near Heber, Utah, and was created in 1941 with the construction of a dam on the Provo River. It is mostly used for irrigation and recreation. The lake is stocked with perch, walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and carp. The lake is warm, allowing fishing all year round. Visitors also enjoy swimming, boating, sailing, water-skiing, and windsurfing.
Located between Heber City and Park City, Jordanelle Reservoir was built in 1992 as result of the construction of Jordanelle Dam on the Provo River. The towns of Hailstone and Keetley, Utah, were completely submerged as a consequence. The reservoir was built for irrigation, flood control, public recreation, and fish and wildlife conservation.
Strawberry Reservoir is located 65 miles from the Wasatch Front and the cities of Provo, Salt Lake, and Orem. Known as the most popular fishing spot in Utah, the 17,164-acre Strawberry Reservoir is part of the 1922 Strawberry Valley Project and was formed as the result of the construction of Strawberry Dam on the Strawberry River.
Reservoir is a 42,000-acre manmade lake on the border between Wyoming and Utah in the heart of the Ashley National Forest and is part of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. There are several boat ramps, fishing docks, and marinas with boat slips around the lake. The reservoir surface water is cool even during the heat of summer. That means the reservoir provides excellent habitat for trout, and it is invigoratingly cool for water skiers. Flaming Gorge is famous for its trophy lake trout. Good number of 30+ pound fish are caught each year. The Utah record went 51 lb 8 oz, and there may yet be a bigger one swimming in the reservoir. Fishing is also very good for rainbows, brown trout, kokanee salmon and smallmouth bass.
The Bear Lake Valley is a recreational paradise! Bear Lake is often called “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its intense turquoise blue water. Jet ski, go sailing, boating, fish, swim and play on our sandy beaches A beautiful natural 70,000-acre freshwater lake on the borders between Utah and Idaho, Bear Lake is not only a popular tourist destination but is also used for irrigation, the generation of hydropower, and flood control.
Located in Arizona’s Navajo Nation Reservation, Lake Powell is surrounded by southern Utah’s picturesque red rock desert and is one of the American most scenic reservoirs. The lake has 1,900 miles of shoreline and covers 160,800 acres in the heart of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Powell is the ultimate playground. Rent a houseboat, stay at our campground, or enjoy our lodging and hop aboard a guided expedition.