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Fishlake National Forest

The Fishlake National Forest in central Utah features majestic stands of aspen encircling open mountain meadows that are lush with a diverse community of forbs and grasses.

The Fishlake National Forest in central Utah features majestic stands of aspen encircling open mountain meadows that are lush with a diverse community of forbs and grasses. Fish Lake, from which the forest takes its name, is considered by many to be the gem of Utah. The largest natural mountain lake in the state, it offers trophy fishing and bird watching.

The mountains of the Fishlake are a source of water for many of the neighboring communities and agricultural valleys in the region. A “working forest,” the Fishlake is managed for livestock grazing and timber management. In the coming years, increased interest in mineral, oil and gas reserves may extend to portions of the Fishlake National Forest.

Get outdoors
Hunting, fishing and off-highway vehicle use are among the most popular forms of recreation enjoyed by forest visitors. Most visitors view the Forest while traveling by vehicle. Two scenic byways and several backways traverse the Forest, offering splendid vistas.

The Paiute ATV Trail is an extensive off road vehicle trail system managed cooperatively by the Trail Committee, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management and features a 260-mile loop with an additional 500 miles of marked side trails.

Some visitors also enjoy horseback riding or hiking. There are 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and many open areas for your exploring pleasure.

You can also camp on both the Beaver Ranger District and the Fish Lake Basin area.

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First-timer’s Adventure

Head to Fish Lake

Fish Lake is the largest natural lake in Utah and is 6 miles long by 1 mile wide. It lies at 8,800 feet nestled in the forested Fishlake Mountains. The lake is cold and offers terrific fishing for lake trout.

You can hike and bike on numerous trails surrounding the lake. Or visit the marinas on the lake. In winter, come snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and ice fishing. The area also has lodging, restaurants and developed campgrounds.

Fish Lake is on Hwy 25, about 7 miles east of Hwy 24 and about 20 miles northwest of Loa and 34 miles southeast of Richfield at I-70.

Statistics

State(s):

Utah

Nearest Large Urban Area:

Provo

Notes & Conditions:

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

Maps:

Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.