At an elevation of 4800 feet Pelican Lake is a natural lake lying within Utah's Unita Basin. The lake has been dammed to store and release water for irrigating the extensive farmland surrounding it. To keep it from being drained water is diverted via canal from the Unita River into Pelican Lake.
|Pelican Lake is a pretty good-sized body of water.
|The pier gets boat-less fishermen out to fairly deep water.
Here's the data sheet on the Pelican Lake campground:
Fire ring: Yes
Water Access: Yes
Fresh Water: No
Trash Service: Yes
Toilets: Yes (vault)
Dump station: No
Level sites: Yes
Verizon reception: 4G, 2 bars
Internet reception: 2 barsCost: Free for up to 14 days
Unlike most BLM camping areas the Bureau constructed a campsite loop with gravel back-in driveways complete with fire rings and picnic tables with gazebos covering them. I didn't stay in the loop because there were sites closer to the lake that had probably been there prior to the more formal campsite loop.
|BLM campsites on a road loop.
|The Tank's lakeside campsite (with picnic table!)
|"Swimming is not recommended do to Swimmer's Itch..."
Pelican Lake Recreation Area was a great place to camp and fish and I'd put it on my "Will Return" list. It's too bad about the Swimmers Itch but, truthfully, I seldom swim when I camp so that wasn't a deal breaker for me. I recommend camping there especially if you like bluegill fishing.
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