Spirit Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Fair
  • Conditions: There haven't been any recent reports, but we do know the lake has ice. The lake was treated in September and restocked with roughly 5,000 tiger trout in early October. More fish are scheduled to be stocked this spring. Eventually, the lake and some nearby waterbodies will be restocked with Colorado River cutthroat trout, the only trout native to the area. The success of this treatment is a critical part of a management strategy to keep Colorado River cutthroat trout off of the endangered species list.


  • Location: Northeastern Uinta Mountains
  • Directions: From Hwy 44 (mile 14.5) turn west on Geologic Loop (FSR 218), left on FSR 221 for about 10 miles, then turn on FSR 1 (7 miles on Spirit Lake road). Also access from FSR 221 from Wyo. Hwy 414 near McKi
  • Type: Fishing
  • Size: Small
  • Elevation: 10,200 feet
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Likely catch: Rainbow Trout
  • Possible catch: Cutthroat Trout
  • Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
  • Site amenities: Forest Service campground, rustic lodge (cabins), hiking
  • Handicap access:
  • Site description: High-elevation mountain lake surrounded by lodgepole pine with view of mountain peaks. Excellent wildife viewing opportunities for moose, elk, deer, birds of prey, small mammals and birds.

    Whirling disease was discovered in surrounding waters. Please dry and sterilze waders and other equipment before using. Do not clean fish or dump fish parts from other waters in inlet streams or reservoir.

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