MACKINAW CAMPGROUND


Area Status: Open

Overview
Mackinaw Campground is scheduled for restoration and reconstrution during the season of 2025 and will be closed. Mackinaw Campground is next to Fish Lake and the Fishlake Scenic Byway Highway 25 in central Utah at 9,000 feet elevation.

Facilities
The campground has four group sites that accommodate up to 20 people each. Picnic tables and fire rings with grills are provided. Several single-family sites are also available. Most sites have lake views. Flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. 

Natural Features
The campground sits on a sagebrush-covered hillside above the valley and offers views of Fish Lake. Aspen trees provide partial shade throughout the campground.

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 five-mile Pelican Canyon Trail begins at nearby Bowery Creek Campground and leads through meadows and dense forests of spruce, pine and aspen as it climbs to the 11,633-foot Fish Lake Hightop. The popular Lakeshore National Recreation Trail lines the eastern side of the lake. Hikers are rewarded with stunning lake views after climbing 900 feet elevation.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Reservations: Reservations required for half of the sites can be made through the Recreation.gov or by calling them toll-free at 1-877-444-6777 or visiting Mackinaw Campground on rec.gov. Half of the sites are first-come first-served.
Fees: Please Note: 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
Open Season: May - September
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: No OHV riding in campground  Camping is limited to 16 consecutive days.  Pets are required to be on a leash.
Closest Towns: Richfield, Utah and Loa, Utah
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush Toilets, Shower facilities
Operated By: High Country Recreation. Area Manager Telephone: 435-638-1069. Camp Host on site

General Information

Directions:

Mackinaw Campground is 41.7 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 for approximately nine miles. There are several entrances to the campground on the north side of the road.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Campground Camping

No. of Sites Reservations required for half of the sites can be made through the National Reservation System by calling them toll-free at 1-877-444-6777 or visiting Mackinaw Campground on rec.gov. Half of the sites are first-come first-served.
Fire Information Fire rings provided

RV Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Check the Utah Division of Wildlife website for more information on fishing in Utah, along with where to purchase fishing licenses.

Day Hiking

Viewing Wildlife

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

Viewing Scenery

Visitor Programs

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 snapshops of panoramic views and frequent wildlife sightings.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.555248

  Longitude : 
-111.716905

  Elevation : 
8900 feet