Be Cool at Navajo Lake
By Mark Havnes
When the temperatures soar too high and the “hoodoos” start looking like just another forest of sandstone goblins, it’s time to head into them thar’ hills of Kane County, where the forests are green, breezes cool and one can set a fishing line and relax on the shores of glittering Navajo Lake.
Located on Cedar Mountain in the Dixie National Forest off State Route 14 about 60 miles northwest of Kanab, the lake is accessed by a paved highway with lanes to accommodate bike riders and pedestrians. It also offers upgraded campsites and boat ramps.
Every year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources plants about 25,000 10-inch rainbow trout in the lake, along with 5,000 brown-brook hybrid trout called splake. Some fish can grow into the lunker range of more than 10 pounds
Fishing tackle, camping supplies and lodging are all available at Duck Creek Village five miles to the east.
The lake is also a short jaunt to Cedar Breaks National Monument and 20 miles from Cedar City, known for its summer and fall Utah Shakespeare Festival.
In July, one can enjoy the popular Duck Creek Days in Duck Creek Village that serves scrumptious food, artist booths and activities for children.
If you go to Navajo Lake, here are some things to know.
• Reservations: First come, first serve.
• Fees: $17 for tent units; $17 for single units; $34 for double units; $5 for day use.
• Restrictions: Campfires in designated areas only; no fireworks; dogs must be on leash; ATV/OHV use prohibited in the campground; maximum length of stay 14 days.
The lake is the place to be cool in Kane County!