Spirit Lake

Fishing report

  • Rating: Fair
  • Conditions: Anglers report fair fishing for stocked fish. Spirit has been restocked with catchable-sized tiger trout, so try using small, brightly colored lures. Tamarak and Jessen are also being stocked with tiger trout. Two to three inch fingerlings will be flown into these upper lakes. They should grow to catchable sizes in two to three years. For those interested in starting from the Spirit Lake trailheads, anglers report fair to good fishing on the other lakes in this area. Last September, Spirit, Tamarak, Jessen and several other small lakes and their connecting streams in the headwaters of the Middle Fork of Sheep Creek were treated. All fish species were removed as part of a Colorado River cutthroat trout restoration project. This treatment is a critical part of a management strategy to keep Colorado River cutthroat trout off 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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