Beaver Mountain Lakes
U-153 is a mostly paved highway across Tushar Mountain, commonly know as the Beaver Mountain, connecting the towns of Beaver on the west side and Junction on the east. The access road from Junction is steep, but continually being improved. Access to the majority of the fishing lakes is via FS-137, which is a gravel road off the paved road. FS-137 branches off the paved highway 10 miles east of Beaver.
Many of the lakes were created through the construction of small dams. Some have conservation pools that protect fisheries and others have been stabilized at full pool primarily for recreational fishing. Read the descriptions below for more information about most of the fishing lakes on the mountain.
Little Reservoir: At 7,360 feet, Little Reservoir is the lowest elevation lake on the mountain. It's located about 2 miles from the U-153 turnoff on FS-137. It's about 4 surface acres in size and has been stabilized and maintained by the Forest Service. (The Forest Service also maintains a small campground adjacent to the lake.) The lake is stocked annually with catchable-sized (10-inch) rainbow trout. It's stocked regularly with brown trout and tiger trout, which forage on the abundant redside shiners. This reservoir has a reputation for producing an occasional trophy brown trout, some of which have exceeded 10 pounds.
Kents Lake: Located along FS-137, about 4 miles from the U-153 turn-off at an elevation of 8,790 feet. It covers 48 acres, has a maximum depth of 30 feet and an average depth of 20 feet (when full). The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources purchased a conservation pool of 300 acre-feet in 1977 which keeps the reservoir from being completely drained. It's stocked with rainbow trout, brook trout, tiger trout and Bonneville cutthroat trout. Trout that carry over from one year to the next can reach up to 2 pounds. It was treated with rotenone in 2004 to remove illegally introduced golden shiners and has since been restocked. The adjacent Forest Service campground has 17 campsites.
Upper Kents Lake: Located just up the road from Kents Lake at an elevation of 8,989 feet. Upper Kents Lake was constructed in 1994 with a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation pool of 80 acre-feet. It's stocked with native Bonneville cutthroat trout, and also has a good population of brook trout that migrate into the reservoir from upstream.
Lower Kents Lake: This small 6-acre lake is just downstream from the Kents Lake at an elevation of 8,647 feet. It was treated with rotenone in 2004 to remove golden shiners and has been restocked with rainbow trout, brook tout and Bonneville cutthroat trout. There are several Forest Service group campsites with pavilions adjacent to the lake.
Anderson Meadow Reservoir: This is a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources-stabilized lake. Anderson Meadow Reservoir covers 8 acres at an elevation of 9,355 feet. It has a maximum depth of 21 feet and an average depth of 8 feet. It's located 6 miles from the U-153 junction on FS-137. The adjacent Forest campground has 10 campsites. It's stocked with catchable-sized (10-inch) rainbow trout and supports a large population of wild brook trout.
Labaron Reservoir: This is the highest sport fishing lake on the mountain at 9,900 feet. Labaron covers 23 acres, with a maximum depth of 21 feet and a average depth of 11 feet. It was acquired by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in 1965 and is maintained as a stabilized lake. It's located on FS-137, about 10 miles from the U-153 junction. Labaron is stocked with catchable-sized (10-inch) rainbow trout, brook trout and Arctic grayling. Primitive camping is allowed on Forest Service lands around the lake. There is some private property at the head end of the reservoir.
Mumford and Senseball lakes: These two small lakes are hike-in access fisheries. Both lakes are less than 4 acres and sit at elevations between 9,100 and 9,600 feet. You can access the lakes via a trail above Anderson Meadow Reservoir or by going up the South Creek trail from the town of Beaver. Fishing either lake takes considerable planning. Consult a good map before you try to find these lakes. Both lakes are stocked regularly with native Bonneville cutthroat trout.
Three Creeks Reservoir: Located just off U-153 (as noted by roadside signs), this reservoir covers 57 acres and has a maximum depth of 35 feet when full. However, it's primarily an irrigation storage reservoir and has no conservation pool. Thus Three Creeks is often almost completely drained by the end of each summer. The reservoir is stocked with catachable-sized (10-inch) rainbow trout in early summer. As the reservoir is drained, fishing can be good downstream from the dam in the stream.
Puffer Lake: Located near the highway summit along U-153, 18 miles east of Beaver and 16 miles west of Junction, at an elevation of 9,672 feet. Puffer Lake is a natural lake that has been enhanced with a small dam for irrigation storage. The lake covers 65 acres when full, with a maximum depth of 50 feet. By the end of the irrigation season, it's often drawn down to the natural lake level (about half capacity). This lake is surrounded by private property, but the public has historically had access. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocks rainbow trout and brook trout.
There are other fishing spots on Beaver Mountain, including the Beaver River and many of its tributary streams. Minersville Reservoir is located west of the town of Beaver. Piute Reservoir is located just north of the town of Junction. You can find gas stations, lodging, private campgrounds and other services in Beaver and Junction.
Latest fishing report
All gates are open on the Kents Lake loop, but you may find some wet spots or an occasional snowdrift up high. Access is great up to the Kents lakes. We completed netting surveys this week at the Kents lakes and found plenty of fish, even before the spring stocking. Lower Kents Lake (Tushar) has good numbers of holdover rainbows and brook trout. Middle Kents Lake has lots of tiger trout, with a handful of rainbows and cutthroat. We even caught an 11-pound tiger — really, that's not a typo! Upper Kents Lake had the best average size and condition, with plenty of quality-sized cutthroat and brook trout. Now is the time to fish the upper lake before the algae blooms begin. Catchable-sized rainbow trout will be stocked in most lakes in the upcoming weeks. (Last update 05-17-18)
- Location: Southwestern Utah, Beaver County, east of Beaver
- Directions: East of Beaver or West of Junction on U-153, then take FS-137 to most lakes
- Type: Fishing
- Size: 2 to 65 acres
- Elevation: 7,360 to 9,900 ft
- Hours: No restrictions
- Likely catch: Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout
- Possible catch: Brown Trout, Arctic Grayling
- Regulations: To see what statewide or special regulations apply to this waterbody, please read the current Fishing Guidebook.
- Site amenities: Forest Service access around most lake shorelines, and Forest Service campgrounds at Kents Lake, Anderson Meadow and Little Reservoir, and campgrounds in Beaver Canyon at Little Cottonwood and Mahogany Cove
- Handicap access: Fishing piers at Little Reservoir, and the Ponderosa picnic area along Beaver River