In the sub-alpine zone above the famous sandstone canyons of Zion National Park and just south of Cedar Breaks National Park lies the pastoral lake of Kolob Reservoir. Its cobalt waters are surrounded by picturesque stands of evergreen and groves of dancing aspens. Long known to locals for its fishing it’s the perfect place to escape the summer heat, camp on the grassy shores and paddle out onto its calm waters.
What’s Makes It Great
Fishing is the number one attraction to Kolob Reservoir. People come looking to hook rainbow or cutthroat trout. Read the Kolob Reservoir Fishing Guide
Paddling Kolob Reservoir is also a great activity throughout the day. Grab your stand up paddleboards, kayaks, or canoes and launch from nearly any point around the lake. Go out for a quiet cruise making the small island near Indian Hollow your destination or paddle down the short arm of Beebe Hollow. The lake is small enough that each journey can be as short or as long as you make it.
Primitive campsites are located along the majority of the shoreline and some offer waterside camping at its best. Grassy banks and open views are the perks. Toward the southwest corner you can find shady sites located in stands of aspen and pine trees.
GPS Coordinates, Parking and Regulations
(37 25’54”N 113 02’52”W)
From the town of Virgin follow SR-9 to the turnoff at Kolob Terrace Road and continue north for 23 miles. From Cedar City head five miles up Cedar Canyon on highway 14, turn right onto Right Hand Canyon Road and continue for eight miles as the road changes to Kolob Road. Follow Kolob Road for another 11 miles to reach the reservoir. The roads leading to and traveling around the reservoir are dirt. There is a cement boat launch and courtesy dock located on the southeast shores. A few modern pit toilets are located around the lake for your convenience. The camping is free and is primitive.