Ken's Lake - Backpacking/Camping

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Ken’s Lake is an open water reservoir south of Moab. Great place for SUP, fishing and there is camping near by.

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Sallie Shatz


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Destination Distance From Downtown

9.5 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

One day to several days.


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


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Ken's Lake



Ken’s Lake is a 2,610 acre-foot capacity water reservoir. There is no fee for using this facility. In a desert surrounded by dryness, Ken’s Lake is a nice oasis of water, great for SUP, fishing and picnicking. Ten miles from Moab and slightly uphill from town, the views from the top of the dam  give a nice perspective on the ten mile long Spanish Valley.

What Makes It Great

10 miles from Moab, Ken’s Lake provides a break from the arid, desert landscape. It’s a nice place to play in water without worrying about current and rapids. It’s a super place to SUP on calm water. With a wonderful view of the La Sal Mountains, the Spanish Valley and Moab in the distance, it is a unique water experience.

Ken’s Lake is part of the Mill Creek Project to help provide an irrigation system and a million gallon drinking water storage area. Construction began in 1979 and was dedicated in 1981 being named after Ken McDougald former mayor of Moab and chairman of the Grand County Water Conservancy District.

The lake is stocked on a regular basis with brown and rainbow trout, large mouth bass, sunfish and channel fish. A Utah fishing license is required if you are over 14 years old. Non- Utah residents may purchase day passes in town.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on Ken’s Lake and life preservers are necessary for all boaters. For boats over 16 ft., a throw able life preserver is required.

If boating, please remember to help stop aquatic hitchhikers, follow directions on signs for cleaning instructions.

Who is Going to Love It

Anyone who wants a break from the arid desert. Not far from town, it’s a nice break from the heat. Fishermen and SUP paddlers will enjoy this experience. There is no fee for using the area and there are camping sites nearby.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Ken’s Lake is 10 miles south of town. Drive seven miles south from Moab on 191. Take a left following signs to Ken’s Lake. The route from there is well marked for the last three miles. There is plenty of parking for fishing access and beach access.

This is BLM land, there is no fee for using this facility and dogs are also allowed. Please clean up after your dog.

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Moab, UT,
38.478918, -109.42272

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