Fish Lake

(nr Loa UT)
Fish Lake is one of the few natural mountain lakes in the state of Utah. Obviously, it’s popular with fishermen. But, it also has one of the world’s largest aspen groves.

Lake with rocky shore and distant mountain

Fish Lake

I really liked Johnson Valley Reservoir just to the north. A smaller lake, but more secluded and fewer people. Spent some time near the dam, and hiked the trail along the Fremont River.

Lake with trees on distant shore

Johnson Valley Reservoir

River flowing through pine trees

Fremont River

Coming in, I took UT-72 over Hogan Pass at 8,975 ft. At the top, there was a viewpoint looking east toward Cathedral Valley, which is the north end of Capitol Reef NP. To get to Fish Lake you go west on UT-24, and then north on UT-25 and up to around 9,000 ft.

Wide valley with distant mountains and clouds

Hogan Pass Overlook

White trunk trees with boulders

Quaking Aspen Trees

I spent a few days in the area while awaiting some mail to arrive in Loa. Dumped waste tanks, took on fresh water, and refilled propane. And also, did laundry. After getting the mail, I got groceries and filled up on gas. Then, headed toward the next big thing.

Camps: Fish Lake NF-Mackinaw CG, Dr.Creek CG, BLM-Boondock
Scene: Mountains, lakes, river, aspens

4 Responses to Fish Lake

  1. jonthebru September 23, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    Utah really is a beautiful state. And th think when the Mormons were escaping their persecution they stopped there because they thought no one else would want to settle in that area.

    • Pleinguy September 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Yes, it was a bit unexpected. But, remember that much of that territory had not yet been explored. Without modern conveniences, it is still pretty rugged terrain.

  2. jonthebru September 25, 2014 at 5:47 am #

    I don’t know if you have read Louis L’Amours Sackett series but what may his best writing takes the trip from England to California through 17 books. Some were in the Mountain West. Those explorers really had determination to get it done.

    • Pleinguy September 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      Interesting. I need to check out that series.

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