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part ofDixie National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 27 2015   Season Dates


Panguitch Lake Campground is located 14 miles southwest of Panguitch, Utah. Some of the state's largest rainbow trout are fished from the lake each year, and aptly so; "Panguitch" comes from the Paiute word meaning "big fish." Visitors also enjoy canoeing and exploring the Panguitch Lake ATV Trail System.

Natural Features:

The lake is situated high on the Colorado Plateau at an elevation of 8,400 feet. A forest of ponderosa pines covers the campground, which lies on a hillside about a quarter-mile above the lake. Deer and elk are often seen in the area.


Panguitch Lake offers great fishing for rainbow, brook, cutthroat and brown trout. Canoeing is a popular activity on this small body of water. Boat ramps are located on the south shore and at Wildlife Point.

The Panguitch Lake ATV Trail System offers more than 100 miles of trails and can be accessed nearby. Other activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting.


The campground has units on both sides of the highway. The North Unit is the larger of the two, with several single and double sites and three group sites. All sites in the North Unit are reservable. A few sites have lake views.

Amenities include flush toilets and drinking water. Horseshoe pits and a volleyball court are on-site, though campers must provide their own net and ball. An amphitheater near the group sites offers limited weekend programs and church services. Roads and parking spurs are paved.

The South Unit is managed on a first come, first served basis. It is primitive with dirt roads/spurs and vault toilets. This unit it more suited to tent campers, offering 18 tent sites and one RV site.

Nearby Attractions:

Panguitch Lake is just 14 miles from Cedar Breaks National Monument, with hiking trails and guided tours.

Just outside Cedar Breaks is the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, where hikers will find 10 miles of trails and the Twisted Forest, a stand of ancient bristlecone pine.

Bryce Canyon National Park is just over an hour away, with breathtaking scenery and excellent hiking opportunities.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Paved Roads
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • No showers, electricity or hookups available at this campground
  • Panguitch Lake docks can accommodate fishing or pontoon boats only, nothing larger
  • Amphitheater is reservable with the camp host upon arrival
  • A fee of $6 will be charged at the campground for extra vehicles
  • ATVs must be trailered in and out of the campground and cannot be unloaded or ridden within the site
  • Food services, lodging, showers, groceries, gasoline and boat rentals available at commercial facilities around the lake
  • Depending on weather conditions, the campground may be open for walk-in camping by May 14; after September 30, the south loop only will remain open for dry camping until the snow falls
  • Click here to learn more about the Dixie 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 dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.7025, -112.65611
37°42'9"N, 112°39'22"W

From Panguitch, Utah, take Highway 143 southwest 14 miles. Campground is on the north side of the highway.

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Information:  (435)865-3200
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