Panguitch Lake is a quaint mountain retreat flanked by aspens, spruce and ponderosa pines. The lake is estimated to be 1,000 years old and is fed by three streams, thus the steady flow of fresh mountain water has prevented the lake from ever receding its 38 ft. natural depth. In the 1890′s the dam was built increasing the lake’s depth by an additional 32 feet.
Appropriately named by the Paiute Indians, Panguitch means “BIG FISH.” This was due to the incredible amounts of large fish that were found here. The Paiute Indians could stand on the edge of the lake and stick a spear in the water with hardly any effort and pull up a beautiful big fish. Today, Panguitch Lake is one of Utah’s most popular fishing lakes with cutthroat, rainbow, and tiger trout thriving in its cool waters.
Along with multiple kinds of fish, other types of wildlife inhabit this area. The more commonly seen wildlife are the golden Eagle, antelope, wild turkey, blue grouse, prairie dog, and cotton tail rabbit. Deer and elk can usually be seen in the early morning hours or late afternoons.
Panguitch Lake is located in one of the most beautiful areas in the United States. Situated in the heart of the Dixie National Forest, the lake is found close to two national parks (Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park) and one national monument (Cedar Breaks)..
At its higher elevation, you will find the perfect summer temperatures and you will escape the scorching heat of the lower elevation lakes. You will be enjoying the perfect place for for boating, swimming, water skiing jet skiing, fishing, and all of your other favorite summer activities. There are also hikes, ATV/OHV trails, horseback riding, and mountain biking trails that surround the lake and cover the Dixie National Forest.
The area is open all-year round and allows snow lovers to come visit in the winter. Panguitch Lake is known for its incredible ice fishing. People come from all over to go snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, and many other activities that allow people to enjoy the best that winter has to offer, without living in it everyday.
Width: 1 mile
Length: 2 miles
Shoreline: 5.5 miles
Depth: max: 66 ft. avg: 19 ft.