Panguitch Lake

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Panguitch Lake
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Shore of Panguitch Lake, looking northwest
Location Garfield County, Utah,
United States
Coordinates 37°42′55″N 112°38′33″W / 37.71528°N 112.64250°W / 37.71528; -112.64250Coordinates: 37°42′55″N 112°38′33″W / 37.71528°N 112.64250°W / 37.71528; -112.64250
Type natural lake, reservoir
Basin countries United States
Surface area 1,248 acres (5 km2)

Panguitch Lake /ˈpŋɡwɪ/ was originally a large natural lake (777 acres) that has now been expanded by the creation of a 24-foot (7 m) dam to become a reservoir with a maximum surface area of 1,248 acres (5 km2). The lake, which drains into the Sevier River is located on the Markagunt Plateau, between Panguitch, Utah and Cedar Breaks National Monument. The lake is located in the Dixie National Forest in a high tourist use area near three national parks and one national monument.

Panguitch Lake contains several campgrounds. Convenience stores and an LDS chapel are within walking distance of the campgrounds, and the roads are well paved and maintained. Road access to the lake is provided by Utah State Route 143, also known as the Brian Head-Panguitch Lake Scenic Byway or Utah's Patchwork Parkway.

The earliest known use of Panguitch Lake was as a fishery by Paiute Indians. In fact, the name Panguitch means "big fish" in the Paiute language. Panguitch Lake was treated with rotenone beginning May 1, 2006 to control the population of Utah chub, which were probably introduced accidentally by anglers using them as live bait. As this treatment removes virtually all fish from the lake, it had to be restocked on May 25, 2006 with 20,000 rainbow trout. The lake has been treated twice before, once in the 1980s, then again in 1991, as rotenone is not generally 100% effective.

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