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Overview of Panguitch Lake Campground

Panguitch Lake Campground is located in the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah, offering visitors a scenic retreat surrounded by ponderosa pines and aspen, with easy access to Panguitch Lake. This location is popular for its fishing, boating, and outdoor recreational activities. The campground is generally open from late spring to early fall, depending on weather conditions.

Location and Access

Panguitch Lake Campground can be found:

  • Approximately 14 miles southwest of the town of Panguitch, Utah.
  • Elevation is about 8,400 feet, which can affect weather and accessibility.


  • Access the campground via Highway 143, which connects with Interstate 15 to the west and Highway 89 to the east.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Campsites: The campground offers single and double-family campsites, equipped with tables and fire rings.
  • RVs: Sites are available for RVs, with limitations on the maximum length of RVs that can be accommodated. There are no hookups available.
  • Water: Drinking water is usually provided via spigots throughout the campground.
  • Restrooms: Flush toilets and vault toilets are generally available.
  • Dump Station: An RV dump station might be available at or near the campsite.
  • Garbage Disposal: Trash collection services are likely provided, and visitors are expected to keep their sites clean to discourage wildlife encounters.

Activities and Recreation

  • Fishing: Panguitch Lake is known for its excellent trout fishing.
  • Boating: A boat ramp is available; however, motor size may be restricted, so checking current regulations is recommended.
  • Hiking: Numerous trails can be found in the surrounding area, offering scenic views and wildlife watching.
  • Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is popular on the forest roads and trails.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is a habitat for deer, elk, and various bird species.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fire Restrictions: Campfires may be restricted depending on weather conditions and fire danger levels.
  • Pets: Pets are generally allowed but must be kept on a leash.
  • Permits: Depending on the size of the group and the activity, special use permits may be required.
  • Safety: Visitors should be prepared for sudden weather changes and familiarize themselves with local wildlife and plant safety.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Some sites may be reserved in advance through a reservation system, while others may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Fees: There is usually a nightly fee for campsite use, and extra charges may apply for additional vehicles or activities.
  • Passes: Visitors with an Interagency Senior Pass or Access Pass may be eligible for a discount on camping fees.

Local Attractions and Nearby Areas

  • Bryce Canyon National Park: A short drive away, this park offers spectacular geological formations and hiking opportunities.
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument: Features a natural amphitheater with vibrant colors and scenic views.
  • Zion National Park: Approximately 90 miles to the south, known for its towering sandstone cliffs and diverse hiking trails.

Important Notes

  • Season: The campground operates seasonally, so check for the exact opening and closing dates before you go.
  • Weather: Nights can be cold, even in summer, because of the high elevation. Be prepared for varying conditions.
  • Altitude Sickness: Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness as the campground is located at a high elevation.

For the most current information regarding Panguitch Lake Campground, it is best to contact the local Forest Service office or visit the official Dixie National Forest website. Conditions and services at the campground may change, so it's always good to check for recent updates prior to your trip.

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