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Description - The Moon Lake Project is in northeastern Utah on the north side of the Duchesne River about 140 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Moon Lake Dam and reservoir, high in the Uinta Mountains in the Ashley National Forest, is probably one of the most picturesque of Utah's man-made lakes. Recreation management at Moon Lake is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, Ashley National Forest. The Forest Service can be reached at (435) 722-5018. Situated in a timber setting 10 miles northeast of Mountain Home, at the 8,140-foot elevation. Reservations accepted at certain campsites; fees charged. Kidney Lake and Lake Fork U.S. Geological Service maps cover the area.

Attractions - Moon Lake Campground is located on the shore of Moon Lake. This large campground contains numerous single-family sites, each with picnic tables and fire rings with grills. Most sites have lake views; some have lake access. Flush toilets, potable water, and garbage service are provided. Water spigots are located throughout the campground. A host is located on-site; firewood is available for purchase. Roads are paved; parking spurs are gravel. Moon Lake Resort is adjacent, offering limited supplies, groceries, and boat rentals. Flying J Outfitters is nearby, offering guided horseback rides along area trails. The High Uintas Wilderness can be accessed from trails in the Moon Lake area. Hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding are very popular activities in this beautiful region, and numerous sparkling lakes provide great backcountry fishing

Recreation - Recreational activities offered at Moon Lake Reservoir include: Canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, picnicking, OHVs, water sports and winter sports.

Climate - The climate of Utah varies with the terrain. Visitors to the mountains will experience cool summer nights and passing storms that can alter a sunny day very quickly. Be prepared with layers when recreating in the mountains. The deserts and canyons of Utah can be dangerous places. Summer temperatures often reach above 100 degrees F, so be sure to carry water on all adventures. Flash floods in the canyons are also a threat. It is difficult to predict incoming weather when deep within a canyon so check reports before venturing into any narrow canyon areas.

Location - Moon Lake Reservoir is located 10 miles northeast of Mountain Home. Directions: I-80 east of Salt Lake City to State Highway 32. At Hanna, Utah, east on county road across the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. Access requires high clearance vehicles across the Indian Reservation to Forest Road 134.


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Filed By: Bill Reardon (north of Mountain Home, Utah)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As owner/operator of Moon Lake Resort, I would just like to update and correct some of your info. 1) Moon Lake is located 16 miles (not 10, as you state) north of Mountain Home, Utah. 2) The road through the Ute Indian reservation is paved, allowing access by any type vehicle. This road has been paved since 1994/5. 3) Moon Lake Resort, an old-style family cabin facility offers convenient, basic accommodations right at the Moon Lake site. Contact me if you have any questions. thanks

Filed By: Ron Neisler
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great campground with water, cooksites and restrooms, however nothing longer than 23ft is reccomended. There is more hiking than anyone can do. The fishing is excellent. Horses are available for rent at the trailhead. The Moon Lake Lodge has cabins for rent, showers and a small store. We have seen deer, elk, moose, porcupinesblack bear, coyote and dozens of different birds while there.


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Available species include rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.
Yes


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Contact Information:
Moon Lake Reservoir, Roosevelt District Ranger, Ashley National Forest , Roosevelt, UT, 84066, Phone: 801-722-5018

Additional Information:
Mountainland - This northern travel region includes portions of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains as well as the Provo River Basin and the upper Weber River Basin.
Utah Reservoirs - Included here are short descriptions of many of the large reservoirs in Utah. Many of these reservoirs are part of State Parks and more information can be found under the Utah State Parks listing.

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