The Lakes of Southern Utah
There’s nothing like a sunny day out on the lake, especially in Southern Utah, the home to a number of picturesque lakes and water reservoirs. The warm weather and cool water create the perfect opportunity to go boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, wake surfing, wakeboarding, and more. If you’re a fan of fishing, cliff jumping, or sunbathing there are plenty of areas to enjoy those activities, as well. Not only do these bodies of water offer a variety of fun activities to do, but the desert scenery is also uniquely beautiful. Each lake is clean, safe, and maintained well. A Southern Utah lake day is a great way to spend a summer day, especially when it’s blazing hot!
In Southern Utah and St. George areas, there are three major lakes: Sand Hollow State Park, Quail Creek State Park, and Gunlock State Park. Sand Hollow, a favorite of the locals, features a 1,322-acre reservoir and it’s one of the most popular places to boat, fish, and dive in Utah. The calm water surrounded by red rocks is a stunning sight.
Quail Creek State Park houses a water reservoir that is 600 acres. Although it may be smaller in size, it’s typically not very crowded. The environment is sunny and pleasant. It’s a great spot to go boating, fishing, and camping. They also offer jet ski rentals.
Next, is Gunlock State Park which adjoins a 266-acre water reservoir. This lake is more natural and untouched than other lakes. Surrounded by lava rock mountains, sandstone, and sagebrush you can experience thrilling water sports out on the boat or if you’re in the mood for some relaxation, you can have a picnic or sunbathe on the desert shore.
If you’re looking for a reservoir that’s smaller and perhaps a bit quieter, without motorized boats and watercraft, you can find plenty in Southern Utah. The following are three of our favorites…
Baker Dam Recreation Area is at the foot of Pine Valley Mountain with a climate of cooler temperatures at a higher elevation. It’s a good base for those who love to fish, hunt, and camp.
Enterprise Reservoir is another spot that is worth a visit. This body of water sits between a forest of juniper trees and large volcanic rocks and it’s most popular for fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and observing wildlife.
Pine Valley Recreation Area
Lastly is Pine Valley Recreation Area, which is located on gorgeous Pine Valley Mountain. The blue crystal water surrounded by towering pine trees is a rare sight in the red rock landscapes of Southern Utah. The reservoir is stocked with trout and the mountain area around is great for hiking, picnicking, and camping.
If you’re a nature lover you must check out some of the beautiful lakes that Southern Utah has to offer. Each lake and reservoir has its own individual charm. A few hours spent on these lakes will be well worth your time, and you will be able to make memories that will last for years. Put on some sunscreen, grab your swimming gear, and head out onto the desert waters of Southern Utah!
Posted by David Ellis