September 2019 – The area around Fish Lake is a wonderfully remote corner of Utah that we’ve enjoyed exploring, and the tiny spot that is at the heart of this place is the Fish Lake Lodge.
Fish Lake Lodge is open only during the summer, and we arrived late enough in the season that the fantastic dining room in this decades old log lodge was closed. But we were able to tip-toe into the dining room and take a peak. Wow!
The dining room has a wall of windows that face the lake. Talk about dining with a view!
Built between 1928 and 1933, this historic lodge made from locally harvested spruce logs has hosted travelers for nearly 90 years. Modern day travelers can rent charming lakefront cabins on the property, and RVers can set up camp with full hookups in the RV park.
As we wandered around the outside of the building, we came across an absolutely fabulous old door.
There are lots of trails for hiking, walking and slow strolling in the area around Fish Lake, and every morning Mark took our pup Buddy out for a run.
Buddy just loves his morning run, but his fast pace makes it tough for two footed runners to hang with him.
He likes to start his runs with a steady four minute mile pace, and he doesn’t throttle it back to a five minute mile pace until he’s gotten a mile or two under his belt. Yikes!
My absolute favorite trail in the Fish Lake area is the portion of the miles-long Lakeshore Trail that goes southwest from the Fish Lake Lodge. It winds along the water’s edge for a mostly shady mile or two.
Buddy loves this trail too. It goes through a beautiful grove of aspen trees and is just wide enough to walk, run or bike comfortably yet stil feel intimate as you progress under the canopy of trees.
Along the Lakeshore Trail there are lots of places where you can get down to the edge of the lake. We zipped up and down these short paths, and at one point we found a few aspen trees that beavers had gnawed on. One was even toppled over and had a huge pile of small wood chips next to it!
In the middle of the aspen grove, the trees suddenly parted and the trail opened up to the sky. Looking down at our feet we found a wonderful area of rocks, wildflowers and deep puddles where Mother Nature had done some exquisite landscaping.
The Lakeshore Trail wanders all along the shores of Fish Lake both north and south of the Fish Lake Lodge, and it is a truly delightful walk.
In addition to hiking and biking trails, there are also lots of two track motor vehicle trails, and we took our RZR on one two track trail that took us way up into the hills where we got a beautiful view of Fish Lake.
Horseback riding is very popular around Fish Lake, and there are lots of horse-friendly trails.
One of the many US Forest Service campgrounds in the area is an equestrian-only campground. This unique campground has solid, well built horse stalls right next to each campsite. Some are single stalls and one can hold four horses! Most of the stalls are well shaded.
However, you can only stay at this campground if you have a horse with you!
There are lots of smaller lakes in the area, and we spent some time at nearby Forsyth Reservoir, both walking and riding the RZR on the wide trails that criss-cross the area.
Buddy absolutely loves water (but only wading…no swimming!), and he drank freely from a spring that flowed down to the reservoir.
Something about the fresh air, fresh water, and the little beach area brought out his inner puppy, and before we knew it he was doing high jumps!
Since this is a mountainous area, the weather was highly unpredictable and ranged from really hot to really cold to crystal clear skies to fabulous storm clouds.
Late one afternoon we were surprised to see an almost full moon rising. We took note of the time, and the next day, about an hour later and a few degrees to the left of where the moon had risen the day before, we watched the full moon rise out of the trees on a distant hillside.
We’ve really enjoyed exploring this quiet part of Utah where it’s not uncommon to see deer crossing the highway and herons stalking fish in the lakes. We even had a troop of five elk walked right by our campsite one evening! If your travels take you to central Utah, Fish Lake is worth a detour to see.
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More info about this area:
- Fish Lake Resorts – Fish Lake Lodge, Cabins, RV Park & Restaurant
- Fish Lake Lodge RV Park – Full hookups at Fish Lake Lodge
- Bowery Haven RV Park – Full hookups with lake views a mile from the Lodge
- Other camping options near Fish Lake
- Locations of Fish Lake and Forsyth Reservoir in Utah
Other blog posts from our travels to Fish Lake Utah:
- Fish Lake Utah – Alpine Beauty & Brilliant Stars in Dark Skies! 09/06/19
- Fish Lake Utah – Wildlife and Aspen Groves 06/25/12
- Fish Lake Scenic Byway 06/17/12
Blog posts with full moon images (some have just one image and some have several):
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- Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, New Mexico – A Dog’s Eye View! 11/30/18
- A Smoky Moon, Badlands & Hummingbirds on the South Dakota Prairie 08/31/18
- Magical Moments in the RV Life 03/02/18
- Dolly Steamboat – Gliding Through the Arizona Desert on Canyon Lake 02/09/18
- Zion National Park’s Hidden Jewels – Off the Beaten Path in an RV! 12/06/17
- Sand Hollow State Park, Utah – An Oasis in the Desert! 11/21/17
- 10 Years of Full-time RVing and Sailing!! – The Early Years… 05/24/17
- Eggs & Aliens in Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (Bisti Badlands) 05/15/17
- Zion National Park RV Trip – One AWESOME Canyon! 12/15/16
- Moraine Lake – Crown Jewel of Banff National Park 06/19/16
- Florence, AZ – Few Tourists & Lots of Soul! 02/13/15
- Dancing in the Moonlight 12/07/14
- Bisti Badlands NM – Mysterious rocks and an alien egg factory! 10/27/12
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