Panguitch Lake is located just 20 minutes south of the town of Panguitch and, at 8,400 feet in elevation, is a great year-round mountain destination.
Panguitch Lake is found right along Scenic Highway 143 and is a great base camp for exploring nearby attractions such as Cedar Breaks National Monument, Mammoth Cave, Cascade Falls, and other mountain attractions.
Panguitch Lake is best known for its excellent fishing but is a mountain community with lodging, dining, seasonal horseback riding, and space for mountain biking, hiking, ATV riding, and more. With a local general store, RV and camping spaces, and several lodges, Panguitch Lake is a place for a multi-day vacation experience, whether for shore fishing, boat fishing, or outdoor adventure in the forest.
Fishing at Panguitch Lake
Panguitch Lake is rated one of the most popular fishing spots in southern Utah. The name Panguitch comes from the Paiute Native American word for “big fish.” The lake offers excellent year-round fishing, and with ten miles of shoreline, it’s easy to find a good spot for shore fishing, while many choose to try their hand at float tube, and boat fishing on the lake. A 24-foot dam on the northern portion of the lake drains into the Sevier River, providing excellent fly fishing opportunities.
Panguitch lake is notorious for catching some of the largest trout in Utah, with trophy-sized fish averaging anywhere from 14-24″. Panguitch lake is known for three types of trout: Rainbow, Cutthroats, and Tiger. With a lake depth of 66 feet, Panguitch lake provides one of the best fishing locations in Southern Utah.
Several trails branch out from Panguitch Lake for ATV, mountain bike, horse, or other use.
Panguitch Lake is a great ice-fishing location and may be one of Utah’s best. With an elevation of 8,209 feet, the lake freezes during the winter time creating an ice cap of 120-18″.
Opportunities for snowmobiling in this area are plentiful with all of the Markagunt Plateau at your fingertips from Panguitch Lake. Most ATV routes also double as snowmobile trails.