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MACKINAW, UT

part ofFishlake National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: MACKINAW
Status: Closed through Wed May 14 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Mackinaw Campground is located next to Fish Lake and the Fishlake Scenic Byway in central Utah at an elevation of 9,000 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and exploring local trails.

Natural Features:

The campground sits on a sagebrush-covered hillside above the valley floor and offers views of Fish Lake. Aspen trees forest the site, providing partial shade.

Recreation:

Fish Lake is Utah's largest natural mountain lake, covering 2,500 acres. It is famous for its 20-40 pound Mackinaw lake trout. Anglers also enjoy fishing for rainbow trout and splake. Boating, canoeing, swimming and scuba diving are popular activities.

The 5-mile Pelican Canyon Trail begins next door at Bowery Creek Campground. It leads through meadows and dense forests of spruce, pine and aspen as it climbs to the 11,633-foot Fish Lake Hightop.

The popular Lakeshore National Recreation Trail extends around the eastern side of the lake. Hikers are rewarded with stunning lake views after climbing 900 feet in elevation.

Facilities:

The campground contains four group sites that can accommodate up to 20 people each. Picnic tables and fire rings with grills are provided. Several single-family sites are available as well. Most sites have lake views.

Flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved.

Three resorts are located in the Fish Lake Basin, offering camping and fishing supplies, RV parks with hookups, cabin and boat rentals, marinas, gas, restaurants, groceries, laundry facilities and showers. The resorts are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Nearby Attractions:

Johnson Valley Reservoir is just north of Fish Lake, offering additional fishing and boating opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Camping
  • Host
  • Picnic Area
  • Showers
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
Know Before You Go
  • This is a high elevation facility; use caution when traveling from lower elevations and be prepared for inclement weather
  • An extra vehicle fee of $7.00 each will be collected at the campground
  • Off-road vehicle riding not allowed in the Fish Lake Basin
  • Click here for more info about the Fishlake National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.55556, -111.71611
38°33'20"N, 111°42'58"W

From Highway 24 northwest of Loa, Utah, take Highway 25 northeast 9 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MACKINAW
138 South Main, PO BOX 129
Loa, Utah UT 84747

Phone Number:

Project Office:(435)836-2811
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