Panguitch Lake

Panguitch Lake is located in south central Utah and sits at an elevation of 8,400 feet. The word “Panguitch” comes from the Paiute word which means “Big Fish”. The lake is in close proximity to several world-class attractions such as Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Also close by are the communities of Brian Head and Duck Creek Village, Utah.

The Lake has approximately 10 miles of shoreline and is ideal for year-round fishing. In the summer find excellent fishing for some of the largest rainbow trout in Utah. Boats are available for rent and there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the area including: mountain biking, ATV riding and horseback riding.

In winter, ice fishing is a popular sport and easily accessible from local lodges. You can also enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Panguitch Lake sits in the Dixie National Forest and is adjacent to Scenic Highway 143 between the towns of Panguitch and Brian Head, Utah. Brian Head is a short drive away and a great place for winter downhill skiing and mountain.

Must See & Do

Mountain Biking: Indian Hollow

A 12 mile, mostly downhill trail with nice scenery and wildlife viewing. Over 200 miles of mostly downhill, single-track trails are located in nearby Brian Head.
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There are several trails around Panguitch Lake for ATV and snowmobile use. Trail users are strongly advised to purchase a trail map from the Dixie National Forest Service Offices located in Cedar City or at the visitor center in Duck Creek (summer only).