The area around the lake was settled in 1873. Farming and ranching was the basis for the economy of the area. A dam was constructed on Panguitch Lake to increase the lake’s ability to hold water and to provide irrigation water. Dairy products (cheese & butter) and fish were traded or sold in neighboring communities. As southern Utah grew in the late 1800’s the Panguitch Lake area became a retreat for people from throughout the region. Horse races, fishing, dancing and other activities became commonplace at and around the lake.
These traditions have continued and today you’ll find restaurants, boat rentals, general stores, lodges and cabins for rent, ATV riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and much more. Summer is the most active time of year around the lake, but ice fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts (x-country skiing, snowmobiles) frequent the area through the winter months.
Panguitch Lake is surrounded by some of America’s most spectacular scenic attractions. Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar City, St. George, Kanab, Panguitch, Beaver, Richfield and other southern Utah towns and cities are in close proximity. From Panguitch Lake you’re just 3 hours from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon or from Lake Powell (Glen Canyon National Recreation Area).
Lodging is available for up to 10 people, and includes a full kitchen. Perfect for: