Kolob Reservoir in Utah

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Kolob Reservoir

With the mountains as a backdrop, fisherman and boaters enjoy Kolob Reservoir for the dependable fishing, while snowmobilers appreciate the winter weather that allows them to explore the surrounding aspen forests.

  • Head up to Kolob Reservoir for a picnic on the lake and discover this local secret.
  • The reservoir is regularly stocked, making for a dependable opportunity to get one on the line!
  • Boating is a popular activity, with two separate boat ramps to accommodate the popular spot.


Kolob Reservoir is set high among the mountains, making for great scenery, and with an elevation of 8,118 ft., aspen forests line the shores, something not seen at lower elevations.

The lake is a particularly beautiful sight in winter, right after a snowstorm has passed, leaving a layer of snow over everything.

Location & Information

Kolob Reservoir sits immediately to the north of Zion National Park, with a south entrance that winds through the park, and a remote north entrance coming from Dixie National Forest.

From the south, which includes Zion National Park or St. George, head to Virgin on UT-9. Turn north onto Kolob Reservoir Rd., following it directly to the reservoir in 23 miles.

Access is a little complicated from the north, but the views are spectacular. The route is paved from Cedar City along UT-14. The gravel starts at Right Hand Canyon Rd, immediately before a small collection of buildings. Follow this to Kolob Rd., which will lead directly to the Reservoir.

For further information, contact the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources:
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Southern Region
1470 N Airport Rd.
Cedar City, UT 84720
(435) 865-6100


Due to popularity and concerns of overfishing, bait fishing has been tightly regulated in the past, but regulations have recently been loosened. Summer is the popular season, particularly when children are out of school and holiday weekends. The water is annually stocked with Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat Trout. Check with Utah Wildlife for current regulations and restrictions.

Kolob Reservoir has two gravel boat ramps to launch your boat. The reservoir is in a quiet mountain setting, perfect for a day out on water.

Since the roads are closed during the winter months, snowmobiles provide the only access to the area. Join the other riders on the winter weekends, when they head up to the lake to play.

Fun Fact

The reservoir was constructed in 1956 with an earthworks dam. To repair the outlet and perform maintenance on Kolob Reservoir, Utah drained the lake in 1996.