Paragonah Reservoir (A hidden gem)

boy-fishingLiving in Southern Utah provides a great opportunity to get out and explore the outdoors. From camping and RVing to hiking and fishing, Utah offers so many things to do.

Recently I took my family and some friends and found a hidden gem located in Southern Utah. Paragonah Reservoir is located 8 miles east of Paragonah. (Paragonah is located directly north of Parowan.) Take Exit 82 off I-15 and travel through Paragonah and head directly East on Center Street 8 miles up the Canyon. Once you reach Paragonah Res there is an area to park a travel trailer or small RV. The road is a dirt road most of the way up the canyon, so you will want a truck if you are hauling a trailer or toy hauler. During the summer a car can make it up there just fine.

Paragonah Reservoir produces a large number of rainbow trout through natural reproduction. Paragonah Reservoir is a great destination for either a family fishing outing or for the avid fly fisherman. Trout typically range in size up to 17 inches, with many good-sized fish and even a rare fish going over 20 inches. Bank bait fishing, fly fishing from float tubes, and trolling from small boats all work well. Harvesting trout keeps this population thinned and improves growth and condition for the remaining trout.

We ended catching close to 20 fish in about an hour, most were in the range of 12-14 inches. We also ended up cooking some delicious tin foil dinners and sat around the campfire playing card games and swapping stories. FYI, there is no cell phone service at the reservoir.

If you are looking for a quick day trip or an overnight place to camp, fish, hike or just to get away, I highly recommend Paragonah Reservoir. It is high enough in the mountains to escape the summer heat and provides some great scenery that will provide some amazing memories. If you have been to Paragonah Res, would you go again?


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