Panguitch Lake

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 basecamp 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.


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, fly fishing, float tube, or boat fishing.


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. Opportunities for snowmobiling in this area are plentiful with all of the Markagunt Plateau at your fingertips from Panguitch Lake. Visit this link to view ATV routes that also double as snowmobile trails.

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