DOCTOR CREEK CAMPGROUND


Area Status: Open

Overview
Doctor Creek Campground is located in the Fish Lake Basin on the south end of the lake in the Fishlake National Forest of central Utah. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and exploring local trails.

Facilities
The campground contains two group sites that can accommodate up to 150 people each, both with shelters, tables, campfire rings and grills.  All campsite include a family unit and tent pad. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. A dump station is located at the campground entrance. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Three resorts are located in the Fish Lake Basin, offering camping and fishing supplies, RV parks with hookups, cabin and boat rentals, marinas, gas, restaurants, groceries, laundry facilities and showers. The resorts are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Natural Features
Doctor Creek sits at at an elevation of 9,000 feet on the southern tip of  Fish Lake near  Mallard Bay. A series of ponds, known as Coots Slough, dot the area just south of the campground. Aspens  provide limited shade in this sagebrush-covered area. Sites on the outer edge of the campground offer excellent lake views but no shade.

Recreation
Fish Lake is Utah's largest natural mountain lake covering 2,500 acres. It is famous for its 20-40 pound Mackinaw lake trout. Anglers also enjoy fishing for rainbow trout and splake. Boating, canoeing, swimming and scuba diving are popular activities. The scenic Lakeshore National Recreation Trail extends around the eastern side of the lake. Hikers are rewarded with stunning lake views after climbing 900 feet in elevation.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Reservations: All reservations are taken for Doctor Creek campground via recreation.gov, telephone 877-444-6777, Tdd: 877-833-6777  
Rentals & Guides: Cabin and Boat Rentals Lakeside Resort (435) 638-1000 Fish Lake Lodge  (435) 638-1000 Bowery Haven Resort  (435) 638-1040  
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water
Fees: Half of the sites are reservable, the other half are first-come first-served.

All campgrounds on the Fishlake National Forest are managed by High Country Recreation under the terms and conditions of a concession permit that was issued to them by the Forest Service in 2020.

Email: highcountryrec@gmail.com
​Phone: 435-979-6868
Permit Info: Firewood permits are available at Forest Service offices located in Loa, Utah and Richfield, Utah
Open Season: May - September
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Camping is limited to 16 consecutive days. OHVs are not allowed in the campgrounds. Pets are required to be on a leash.
Closest Towns: Loa, Utah and Richfield, Utah.
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush toilets
Passes: All passes are available at Forest Service offices located in Loa, Utah and Richfield, Utah.
Operated By: High Country Recreation Area Manager Telephone: 435-638-1069. Campground hosts in each campground.

General Information

Directions:

Doctor Creek Campground is 40 miles east of Richfield, Utah. Head east on UT-118 N/E 300 N toward N 100 E 0.8 mi. Continue straight onto UT-119 E 8.8 miles. Turn right onto UT-24 E for 23.1 miles then turn left onto UT-25 N 7 miles. Turn right on Doctor Creek Campground road and travel 0.3 miles.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Fish Lake Area Trails - Mountain Bike Trails

Lakeshore National Recreation Trail, Doctor Creek Trail, Pelican Canyon Trail, Tasha Creek Trail, Crater Loop Trail

Campground Camping

Fish Lake Basin Campgrounds

Dr. Creek Campground - 30 sites

Mackinaw Campground - 67 sites

Bowery Creek Campground - 42 sites

Frying Pan Campground - 10 sites

Tasha Equestrian Campground - 10 sites

General Info:

Seasonal Information

Campground is open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.


Fire Information Fire rings provided

RV Camping

Forest Service campgrounds do not provide hook-ups to power, water, or sewer.

Hook-ups to power, water, and sewer are available at Lakeside Resort (435.896.1000) and Bowery Haven Resort (435.896.1024).

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing licenses are available at Lakeside Resort.

Fish Lake: Solid ice covers most of the lake, but the edges are starting to soften in a few places, so use caution. There may be a couple more weeks of ice fishing left. The patch of open water around the Twin Creeks area is growing, and some anglers are now catching rainbows from the shoreline. Fishing remains good to excellent for perch and rainbows in 15–30 feet of water. You can catch larger rainbows in deeper water. Fishing for splake and lake trout is slow to fair. Tip your jigs and spoons with mealworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers, perch meat, or sucker meat.

Johnson Reservoir: There isn't much fishing pressure at this time of year because it's difficult to access the reservoir.

Fremont River: Access is good above Mill Meadow Reservoir, and the river's flows are low. Reports of good fishing for small browns and recommends hare's ear nymphs in black or natural colors. Fishing is generally slow in the Bicknell Bottoms, but a few nice fish have been caught on brown woolly buggers. Patience is a must when fishing here.

Mill Meadow Reservoir: The ice is gone, and the reservoir is almost full. Reports of good numbers of browns and rainbows. Rainbow trout have been staging in any area where there is enough gravel for spawning. Midge patterns and bead-head hare's ear have worked well.

Forsyth Reservoir: Most of the ice is gone and there is very little fishing pressure. The splake and tiger trout stocked last summer are about eight inches long and fishing has been slow so far this spring.

Rental info: Boat rentals are available at Lakeside Resort, Fish Lake Lodge, and Bowery Haven Resort.

River and Stream Fishing

Sevenmile Creek, UM Creek, and the Fremont River are within close proximity to the campground and provide numerous fishing opportunities.

Day Hiking

Fish Lake Area Trails - Foot Trails

Lakeshore National Recreation Trail, Doctor Creek Trail, Pelican Canyon Trail, Tasha Creek Trail, Crater Loop Trail.

Big Game Hunting

Hunting is prohibited within 600 feet of all roads, trails, campgrounds.

Viewing Wildlife

Elk, moose, deer, bobcat, cougar, bear, golden and bald eagles, osprey, beaver, porcupine, chipmunks, marmots, and several species of upland game birds, song birds, and raptors.

Look to see how many varieties of wildlife you can see. Remember, you are visiting their home so be polite and don't litter or disturb the wildlife.

Viewing Scenery

Fishlake Scenic Byway U-25: Travel from the junction of U-24 to U-72.

Other scenic roads include Hancock Flat, Mytoge Mountain, Fish Lake Hightop, Sevenmile, UM, and Fremont River.

Scenic Driving

Fishlake Scenic Byway (U-25) begins at the junction of U-24 and ends at the junction of U-72. Scenic sites include Fish Lake, the Fish Lake Lodge, Johnson Valley Reservoir, Zedd's Meadow and Mill Meadow Reservoir. Approximate driving time is one hour. Visitors will want to keep their cameras loaded and ready for snapshots of panoramic views and frequent wildlife sightings.

Boating - Motorized

Check the Utah State Boating website for more information on boating in Utah.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Check the Utah State Boating website for more information on boating in Utah.

Scuba Diving

Amenities

Camping trailer: Hook-ups to water, power, and sewer are not available
Picnic tables: Picnic table provided at each camp site
Toilets: Flush toilets in all restrooms
Accessible: ADA sites and restroom are available.
Boat ramp: Boat ramp adjacent to campground at Lakeside Resort
Drinking water: Several taps are located throughout the campground

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.529191

  Longitude : 
-111.739892

  Elevation : 
8900 feet