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Camping at Lake Canyon Recreation Area

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Overview of Lake Canyon Recreation Area

Lake Canyon Recreation Area, situated in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, is a picturesque destination that offers a range of outdoor activities for campers and nature enthusiasts. The area is characterized by its tranquil lake, scenic vistas, and dense forests. It is a popular spot for fishing, boating, hiking, and wildlife observation.

Camping Information


  • Lake Canyon Recreation Area provides developed campsites, some of which may have picnic tables, fire rings, and access to restrooms.
  • There could be a combination of reservable and first-come, first-served campsites available.


  • Campsites usually accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs, although size limitations may apply. Check specific site details for the maximum RV length.


  • Potable water may or may not be available directly at the campsites, depending on the specific conditions and the time of year.
  • Vault toilets are typically offered in lieu of flush toilets.
  • Garbage disposal options may be provided, but campers are often encouraged to practice "Leave No Trace" principles and pack out what they pack in.

Reservation Information:

  • Some campsites may be reserved in advance, while others operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For reservations, you would likely need to access a service like Recreation.gov or call the managing forest district office for specific instructions.

Recreational Activities


  • Lake Canyon is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, and anglers can expect to catch species such as trout.
  • A valid state fishing license is usually required for anyone engaging in fishing activities.


  • Boating is a popular activity on the lake, but there may be restrictions on the types of boats allowed, as well as required permits or inspections for aquatic invasive species.


  • There are numerous trails surrounding the recreation area that cater to hikers of all skill levels. These trails often offer stunning views and a chance to encounter local wildlife.

Wildlife Observation:

  • The area is home to a wide range of wildlife, including deer, elk, and a variety of bird species, making it a great location for wildlife watching.

Seasons and Access

Seasonal Access:

  • Lake Canyon Recreation Area may be seasonally accessible, with the main camping season typically running from late spring to early fall.
  • Winter access could be limited due to snow, and some facilities may be closed.

Road Conditions:

  • Access to the area typically requires travel on forest service roads, which can vary in condition. High-clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles may be recommended, especially after inclement weather.

Rules and Regulations

Fire Restrictions:

  • Depending on the season and conditions, fire restrictions may be in place. Always check for current fire danger levels and restrictions before starting a campfire.


  • Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

Noise and Conduct:

  • Quiet hours are commonly enforced to ensure that all campers can enjoy a peaceful environment. Generators may also be subject to restrictions during these hours.

Leave No Trace:

  • Campers are expected to abide by "Leave No Trace" principles to minimize their impact on the natural environment.

Local Contacts and Information Resources

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, it's best to contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest district office or visit their official website. They can provide specifics about camping fees, the reservation process, exact opening and closing dates for the season, as well as detailed maps and guides for recreation within the area.

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