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Utah Dive Sites: Fishlake

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DON'T FORGET YOUR DIVE FLAG---It is a law AND a safety concern!

This lake is considered an altitude dive --- which requires an Altitude Table used in conjunction with your dive tables.

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Fishlake would rate as one of my favorite lakes to dive in Utah. It is a very pretty lake 9,000 feet high in the Fishlake National Forest in central Utah. The lake is about a three-and-a-half hour drive from Salt Lake City, Utah. There are many trees and the lake itself is gorgeous.

Most of my diving has been on the west side of the lake by the lodge and marina, where Twin Creeks empties into the lake. Make sure you stay north of the marina and far away from the channel the boats use to enter and exit the marina. The visibility can get up to 35 feet, however it depends on the weather. It rains quite often at Fishlake because of the altitude. The diving is fun here, however, don't expect to wear anything less than a full quarter inch wet suit. The water temperature on the surface will be in the low sixties in the summer. The thermocline usually begins around thirty-five feet. The water temperature drops quickly at this point. A typical temperature at 60 feet is 46 degrees. Fishlake lake grassThere is a circle of lake grass around the lake. It starts to grow at a depth of about 20 feet. The lake grass gives a little bit of a "kelp" feel to it. Makes it a little more interesting and closer to the ocean because of the grass. Fish hide in the grass and divers will get closer to the fish than a typical lake. Diving around the lake grass, especially at night, can be a little stressful to new divers. Night diving is fun because a diver can get very close to the fish. Fishlake lake grassThere are some large trout to see if you are lucky. Try diving off the east side of the lake if you have a boat. The water gets deep faster and divers can find many lures that fisherman have lost. Spear fishing is allowed in Fishlake --- check out the current regulations.

The campgrounds are nice and the area is very pretty. There are flushing toilets in the campgrounds and drinking water from taps throughout the campgrounds. There are also cabins available. The lodge is nice and has a nice restaurant and a small store.

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