and Overview Located
at an elevation of 9200 feet in the mountains of southern Utah, Navajo
Lake is just one of many scenic spots in this area of great natural
beauty. The lake is located 26 miles east of Cedar City, UT and four miles west of Duck Creek Village, off State
Route 14 in the heart of the Dixie National Forest(check out the map).
A prominent sign marks the turnoff for the dirt road that leads to
Navajo Lake. The access road is graded, and a high-clearance vehicle
is not necessary to get to the lake.
Lake is a natural lake with a twist: In the early 1930's, a low dike
was built at the east end of the lake to allow enough water to be
retained for irrigation and other projects - and for fishing. The
lake has no visible outlet, and all water flowing out of the lake
exits through underwater sinkholes to reappear in nearby Duck Creek.
Although a leak in the dike caused water levels to drop significantly during 2012 and placed future fishing prospects in doubt, a "short-term" repair has solved the problem - at least for now - and Navajo Lake is open for fishing as of summer 2013.
Fishermen rate Navajo Lake:
Navajo Lake contains
rainbow trout, brook trout, and splake, which are
a hybrid resulting from crossing a male brook trout and a female lake
trout. While rainbows are stocked regularly by the Utah Division of
Wildlife Resources, the lake also supports a good number of holdover
rainbows stocked during previous years, as well as their naturally-occurring
offspring. This means there are some good-sized fish in Navajo Lake
waiting to be caught.
fishermen can set up almost anywhere along the edge of the lake, although
it's quite a walk to get to most of the north shore. The dike located
at the east end of the lake is a popular spot, and a convenient dirt
parking area adjacent to it can be easily accessed from the main road.
Anglers report good results all summer long on flashy lures such as
Krocodiles, Kastmasters, and similar spoons. Power Bait takes its
fair share of fish also. During late summer, a large
number of weeds can grow in the lake, so be prepared to deal with
are two dirt boat ramps on the south side of Navajo Lake. One is located
near Navajo Lake Campground (follow the sign for "Julia's Landing"),
and the other is at Navajo Lake Lodge. There is a $7.00 fee to use
the launch ramp at the lodge. Anglers can also rent boats at the lodge
by the day or half day, or by the hour. For rental boat rates and
more information, click
Navajo Lake Weather
Since Navajo Lake is situated at a fairly high elevation (approximately
9200 feet), you can generally expect temperate weather all during
the summer. Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather, as well
as occasional thunderstorms. Wind is not as much of a factor for boaters
as it would be on a much larger lake, but it can still affect safety
on the water to some degree. Always check the latest weather forecast
before going out. During the winter, temperatures can easily drop
below freezing, with snow and ice being common. Remember that the
temperature at the lake will typically be 15 to 20 degrees cooler
than in nearby Cedar City due to the increased elevation, with cool
nights even in the height of summer.
here to see current weather conditions and forecasts for Duck Creek Village, UT.
Lodging in the area of Navajo Lake is somewhat limited. Navajo
Lake Lodge is located at the southwest corner of the lake, and
housekeeping cabins from $65 per night. There are also several lodging
options in nearby Duck
Creek Village, located four miles east of the lake access road
on State Highway 14. Or, if proximity to the lake isn't an issue,
there's always Cedar
City, 26 miles west on SR14.
who prefer camping will find their needs catered to by two campgrounds
on the shore of Navajo Lake, as well as several others in the vicinity.
Lake Campground and Spruces
Campground are both located right on the south shore of the lake,
Campground is only a short drive east on the dirt access road.
Other campgrounds in the area include Duck
Creek Campground (located in Duck Creek Village), and Deer
Haven and Cedar
Canyon Campgrounds (off
SR 14 several miles west of the Navajo Lake access road). These campgrounds
are all operated by the U.S. Forest Service. A list of all USFS campgrounds
in the Cedar City area, as well as links with information on reservations
and fees, can be found on the Forest Service's Dixie
National Forest website.
Fishing is permitted in Navajo Lake all year round, at all hours of
the day and night. Anglers 14 years and older must have a current
Utah fishing license in their possession while fishing. There is a
4-fish limit, with no minimum length. Only one pole may be used unless
you purchase a second pole stamp.
is no place at the lake to purchase a fishing license, despite information
to the contrary on the Navajo
Lake Lodge website. If you need to buy a license, we recommend
you get it in Duck Creek Village, or stop in Cedar City and pick one