Fishlake National Forest

Fishlake Scenic Byway

Introduction

Traveling through spectacular sub-alpine beauty and lush riparian vegetation, the Fishlake Scenic Byway entices visitors to explore and experience the beauty and tranquility of one of the most scenic spots in Utah. High mountain plateaus, reigning with geologic supremacy, cradle "Fish Lake" which is a natural, high mountain lake. It is accessible via Utah State Highway 25 on the east and Utah State Highway 72 on the west. This 30-mile adventure encompasses Utah State Highway 25 and the Fishlake National Forest Road #036 (Fremont River Road).
Junction of U-24 and U-25

Beginning at the junction of Highways U-24 and U-25, the road climbs 800 feet in elevation for several miles leaving a land of sage and juniper. Cresting at 9,000 feet, the highway meanders through stands of quaking aspen, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir. The tremendous diversity of geology and plant life beguiles the visitor to the beauty that lies ahead.
Dispersed Camping

Visitors seeking dispersed, primitive camping opportunities will want to leave the byway and travel Forest Road #057 to Hancock Flat. This road is open to all vehicles and also provides a scenic route for ATV riders and access to the Paiute ATV Trail. Mytoge Mountain Road (Forest Road #046) is another backway to dispersed camping areas and delights visitors with panoramic views of Thousand Lake Mountain, Boulder Mountain, the Henry Mountains, and the area's premier attraction - Fish Lake.
Fish Lake Basin

Rounding a sharp curve suddenly opens the view of beautiful Fish Lake Basin. A scenic overlook is provided at this point to allow the traveler a chance to stop, catch his/her breath, and soak in the view of this pristine, natural wonderland.
Fish Lake

The cool, emerald waters of Fish Lake extend 5.5 miles in length, 1.5 miles in width, and reaches depths of over 120 feet off it's eastern shores. This natural, high mountain lake beacons thousands of visitors each year. Your senses are sure to be tantalized whether you're a fisherman lured to one of Utah's premiere trout fisheries or a visitor seeking a serene, peaceful experience. If time permits, take a stroll on the Lakeshore National Recreation Trail, which parallels the western shores of Fish Lake and rises over 1,000 feet in elevation atop Mytoge Mountain on the eastern side.
Recreation

Under the management of the U.S. Forest Service with district headquarters in Loa, the Fishlake Basin offers a variety of recreational activities. Boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing are favorite pastimes enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Wildlife enthusiasts need to be on the lookout all along the Byway for sightings of moose, elk, mule deer, and a variety of small creatures. Osprey, golden eagles, night herons, white pelicans, and numerous hawk and bird species inhabit the shorelines of Fish Lake and marshy areas at the north end of the lake.
Resorts and Services

The Fishlake Basin provides a number of concessions for your convenience. Three resorts offer camping and fishing supplies, fishing licenses, RV parks with hookups, cabin and boat rentals, boat ramps, groceries, gas, dining facilities, laundromats, public showers, and telephones.

The Forest Service maintains five campgrounds, three picnic areas, and an information desk located in the Fish Lake Lodge. These facilities and amenities are all available from Memorial Day through Labor Day and are located adjacent to the Scenic Byway along the western shores of Fish Lake.
Johnson Valley Reservoir

Scenic Johnson Valley Reservoir, covering one square mile, is seven miles north of Fish Lake. Mountain slides of basaltic lava rocks portray a portion of the geological forces that created the area. Two higher elevations routes are also accessible from this loop. A popular scenic route and flyfisherman's paradise is the Sevenmile area up Forest Road #640. In July, mountain slopes and meadows re carpeted with an array of colorful wildflowers enchanting all who visit. The UM Forest Road #015 to Sheep Valley is for the more adventurous who seek high mountain splendor. High clearance vehicles are recommended to reach the upper portions of this area.
Zedd's Meadow

An exquisite view awaits visitors as they continue on the Scenic Byway Junction from State Highway 25 to the Fremont River Road (Forest Road #036). Zedd's Meadow is a picturesque, lush meadow enveloping the winding Fremont River curtained by Thousand Lake Mountain in the background.
Mill Meadow Reservoir

Crossing Zedd's Meadow, the road carves out a winding trail as it parallels the river in the gorge below on its way down the drainage to Mill Meadow Reservoir. Paved pull-outs are available all along the Fremont River to enhance your viewing pleasure and to provide parking for dispersed camping spots. Mill Meadow Reservoir is the concluding highlight of this route, which ends at the junction of Fremont River Road (#036) and State Road U-72.
Conclusion

The Fishlake Scenic Byway offers a unique combination of recreation adventures and scenic attractions. Numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as alluring backways, can add hours of enjoyment and scenic pleasure. Visitors will want to keep their cameras loaded and ready for snapshots of panoramic views and frequent wildlife sightings. Approximate driving time is one hour but visitors are cautioned to be prepared to spend more time and take advantage of this great, outdoor adventure in south-central Utah.

Fishlake National Forest
115 E 900 N
Richfield , UT 84701

(435) 896-9233