About Fish Lake
ABOUT THE LAKE
Fish Lake is a mountain lake located in central Utah within the Fish Lake National Forest. The lake is approximately 5 miles long by 1 1/2 miles wide. The elevation at Fish Lake is just over 8,840 feet. The average depth of Fish Lake is about 100 feet, with the deepest location measuring about 130 feet.
If you look at the mountain that lines the east side of the lake (opposite of the Fish Lake Lodge), you can see that the lake descends rapidly, quickly reaching its 100+ foot depth on that side. The west side of the lake descends more gradually and is known for its green moss beds. The moss hits full bloom in the late summer and in years with above average temperatures, reaches the surface at the south end of the lake, potentially causing problems for watercraft.
It has been rumored that portions of the lake are so deep as to have never been accurately measured. Take these stories with a grain of salt—while the lake is quite deep in certain spots (over 150 ft), no mystery exists…well, except for finding the right combination of gear and bait for catching the trophy Mackinaw that Fish Lake is known for.
From Northern Utah:
Head south on I-15. Take the Scipio exit (188) to US Highway 50. Travel 30 miles on Highway 50 to Salina. Travel from Salina to Sigurd on I-70 (take exit 48, which is the start of Utah Highway 24).
From Southern Utah:
Head north on I-15. Take exit 95 and travel southeast on Utah Highway 20 for 21 miles. Then take US 89 north to Kingston. At Kingston take US Highway 62 east and then north at Otter Creek Reservoir to its junction with Utah Highway 24. Head south on Highway 24 to the Fish Lake turnoff (Utah Highway 25, the Fish Lake Scenic Byway).
THE FISH LAKE LODGE
Constructed under the direction of Charles Skougaard, work on the present day Fish Lake Lodge began in 1928 and was open for business in 1930. It was built exclusively of pine logs found around Fish Lake.
The lodge, then known as the lodge at Skougaard Resort, measures 80 by 320 feet, and is one of the largest log structures in the United States. The resort was extremely popular from the 1930s to the 1950s with accommodations for over 100 families.