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PAYSON LAKES, UT

part ofUINTA AND WASATCH-CACHE NF - FS, US Forest Service
Photo: PAYSON LAKES
Status: Closed through Thu May 14 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Payson Lakes Campground is a local favorite, located just 12 miles from Payson, Utah. Visitors love the campground for its great fishing and canoeing opportunities, pretty scenery and close proximity to town.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled in a forest of aspen, fir and pine trees at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The Payson Lakes area is made up of McClelland, Box and Big East Lakes. Summer wildflowers are abundant. A variety of wildlife makes its home around the lakes.

Recreation:

Payson Lakes offers great canoeing and kayaking. Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow and brown trout.

A popular day-use area is located on the shore of Big East Lake, with a small swim beach, picnic tables and flush toilets. A paved nature path begins at the parking area and circles the lake.

Facilities:

This large campground contains single and double sites with picnic tables and campfire rings. Three group sites are also available, equipped with picnic and serving tables, grills, dutch oven cooking surfaces, campfire circles, water spigots and cement site pads. Group sites are in an area separate from single sites and the day-use area.

Vault toilets are provided near Group Site A; flush toilets are provided between Group Sites B and C. Vault toilets are provided in the single and double site loops. Campground hosts are on-site and firewood is available for purchase. Roads and parking spurs are paved.

Nearby Attractions:

The Mount Nebo Wilderness Area is adjacent, brimming with beautiful mountain scenery, pristine waters, abundant wildlife, vibrant summer wildflowers and numerous trail opportunities.

The Nebo Loop Scenic Byway stretches 37 miles through high alpine terrain, dense forests and colorful meadows. Devil's Kitchen Geological Area can be found along the loop. It offers a 1/2-mile round-trip trail to interesting red rock hoodoos.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Beach Access
  • Campfire Circles
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Fitness Trails
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Scenic Drive
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Caution: bears frequent the area; be aware, keep a clean camp, store all food items in closed containers
  • No water, electric or sewer hookups available
  • Gates close nightly at 10 p.m.
  • A fee for extra vehicles will be collected at the campground
  • Off-road vehicles are not permitted in the campground
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • For more information, please call 801-798-3571
  • Click here for more info about the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
  • Trailers/Campers and RVs: Please fill up with water before arriving on site. There is no place to fill-up on site and hooking up to spigots is not allowed.


This facility is operated by American Land & Leisure. We appreciate hearing from you. Comment cards are available from campground hosts or online at americanll.com.
  • 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):
39.92972, -111.64194
39°55'47"N, 111°38'31"W

From I-15, take exit 250 toward north Payson/Salem and proceed south on Main Street to 100 North/Highway 198. Travel east to 600 East. Turn south onto 600 east, which becomes the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway/Payson Canyon Road. Travel up the canyon to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PAYSON LAKES
44 WEST 400 NORTH
SPANISH FORKS  UT  84660

Phone Number:

Information:  (801)226-3564
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