New path – Fish Lake improvements progressing

Crystal Williams, left, Brent Brown and Bruce Brown explore a new boardwalk near Twin Creeks at Fish Lake Sunday afternoon. The boardwalk is one of several improvements being installed in the Fish Lake basin.

FISH LAKE — It’s been a busy summer, but the work has visible results.

More than $3 million worth of upgrades are under construction in the Fish Lake Basin.

“This is a special place for all of us,” said Kurt Robins, Fremont District ranger for Fishlake National Forest. He said the upgrades are designed to address the increasing use of the basin while protecting environmental resources.

Improvements include upgrades to the parking areas at the Fish Lake Lodge and Lakeside marinas, as well as upgrades to the marinas as well as one at Bowery Haven. A fishing pier at Bowery is also in the plans. 

However, the pier and expansion of the marinas are pending final permitting from the U.S. Corps of Engineers. 

“Those may have to be completed next spring or summer when the ice comes off,” Robins said. 

In the meantime, parking areas have been expanded and improved. Robins said the goal is to eventually asphalt the parking lots to prevent sediment from leaching into the lake.

Another project is a boardwalk at Twin Creeks. A spawning ground for Kokanee Salmon, Twin Creeks has become a popular destination for people in the fall, hoping to view the fish as they swim upstream.

“Now we have trails being formed on both sides of the stream,” Robins said. He said the boardwalk is a way to give people easy access to salmon viewing opportunities, but it also acts as a way to protect the fish.

“It can also help people who are in wheelchairs have a chance to see the salmon,” Robins said. The boardwalk is a project that was co-developed with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

“Our Forest Service crew is building in-house,” Robins said. 

Future projects for the basin include upgrades to roads in the area.

“Some people may not like some of the changes,” Robins said. “Our strategy is that we felt it’s better to address the increased use of the area now rather than wait until it creates problems.” 

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