Navajo Lake, Utah 2020
Navajo Lake is a small reservoir located inside the Dixie National Forest in Kane County, southern Utah, United States. Navajo Lake is believed to have been formed by a lava flow through the eastern end of the valley. About 120 campsites are located near the lake. Navajo Lake also offers several recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and swimming.
Navajo Lake Geography
Navajo Lake is located in Kane County, southern Utah, in a confined basin bounded on the north and east by tributaries of the Sevier River in the Great Basin and on the south and west by tributaries of the Virgin River in the Colorado River Basin. The high Markagurit Plateau, where average annual rainfall exceeds 30 inches, is home to Lake Navajo, whose entire flow passes below. It is nestled among the headwaters of many rivers that flow into dry regions where municipal, industrial and irrigation water resources are scarce. A lava flow cut off the normal surface drainage of Duck Creek, a headwater stream of the Sevier River, forming the lake. The lake receives underground inflows from an area much larger than the topographic basin in which it sits. It is notable in that considerable amounts of surface water escape from its eastern end via underground channels or aquifers to supply springs in the two adjacent basins.
Dixie National Forest
Navajo Lake is in the Dixie National Forest, which is Utah’s largest national forest, covering nearly 8,000 km² by 270 km in the southern part of the state. Dixie is a “multiple-use” forest, with approximately 15% of its land dedicated to timber extraction and the remainder used for habitat conservation and other management programs. Lower in elevation, vegetation is sparse, with desert scrub growing in groups. Larger trees cover the slope halfway up. The highest peaks of the Dixie National Forest are densely forested with pines, spruces, and firs.
Navajo Lake Campground
Navajo Lake Campground, located on the beaches of Navajo Lake, provides the perfect environment for boating, camping, fishing, hiking, and photography. Boat rentals and launching, as well as room and board, are offered at the nearby Navajo Lake Lodge. From the campground, you can join the Virgin River Rim Trail, which offers spectacular views of Zion National Park, the Kolob Plateau, and the Pine Valley Mountains.
Navajo Lake Pavilion
Navajo Lake Lodge is located on Highway 14, approximately 26 miles east of Cedar City, Utah, and just three hours from Las Vegas. The Navajo Lodge includes a general store, boat rentals and lodging. The complex has 11 rustic chalets. Bedding, towels and basic cooking utensils are provided in each cabin. Boat rentals are offered through the resort for those wishing to spend the day on the lake. Visitors to Lake Navajo will experience clean blue waters, fresh air, delightfully cool nights, and breathtaking beauty that will redefine the joy of living.