Fairview Lakes, Utah, USA

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USA - West - Utah - Panoramaland -

Also known as:  Fairview Lake #1, Fairview Lake #2

Surrounded by the unspoiled wilderness of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Fairview Lakes provides a pleasant opportunity for lakefront living in Utah’s Panoramaland region. The lakes themselves are private, owned by the Cottonwood-Gooseberry Irrigation Company with lots contracted by long-term lease. Since the small dam created the main reservoir in 1869, the lakes have become increasingly popular for seasonal cabins and year-round homes.

Usually designated as Fairview Lake #1 and Fairview Lake #2, the second is far larger with 105 acres. The other lake only about 20 acres, but both are popular fly fishing spots. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources stocks them both with rainbow trout. The area is a rare blend of public and private interests, with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) controlling fishing and the Fairview Lakes Association offering a small private campground, gravel boat launch and restaurant. Visitors and residents come to Fairview Lakes for the scenic waterfront and to enjoy the many miles of hiking and ORV (Off-Road Vehicle) trails in the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

The reservoir provides irrigation waters, recreation and a cold-water fishery. At almost 9000 feet, the lakes are ice-free only during the summer months. There are no native fish in the lakes, so the rainbow trout reign supreme. Large numbers of anglers arrive in summer to try their luck. No motors are permitted on Fairview Lakes. This makes the lakes always serene for canoeing and kayaking along the wooded shores. The lakes attract a variety of wildlife, including deer and elk.

Some of the leased lots on Fairview Lakes hold beautiful cabins in a variety of architectural styles ranging from ski chalets to multi-level vacation homes. Other lots are empty much of the year until the owners come camping in their RVs. The preferred mode of transportation on roads within the developments here is the Off-Road Vehicle. Many part-time residents use their properties as home base for ORV trail riding in the surrounding area. Many national forest trails nearby are designated for motorized ATVs. Mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking are some of the most popular warm-weather activities among visitors and residents.

Fairview Lakes is just a short detour from US 89 south of Provo, adjacent to scenic Skyline Drive. Although the area receives copious amounts of snow during the winter months, both Skyline Drive and Utah Highway 31 are plowed regularly. Salt Lake City is only two hours to the north, and the area near Fairview Lakes is one of central Utah’s most popular winter sports areas.

A number of snowmobile trails circle the immediate area. A few miles north of Fairview Lakes is the parking area for the Fairview Trailhead, while a short distance south provides the Millers’ Flat Trailhead parking lot. These snowmobile trails are part of a complex web of over 140 miles of groomed trails that are very popular during snow season. Some of the trails are easy and suitable for all riders, while more experienced snowmobilers may venture into the surrounding hills and bowls for some snowy, scenic adventure. Certain areas are designated for the sport of snow kiting or kite-boarding. Cross-country skiing is a favored activity on many of the non-motorized trails. There are numerous locations for snowboarding and sledding, often with a view of the spectacular mountain scenery surrounding the Wasatch Plateau. Areas within the national forest require an Access Pass, available from any USDA Forest Service Ranger Station. Camping requires an additional permit.

Fairview Lakes aren’t the only water bodies available for fishing in the area. Not far away, Beaver Dam Reservoir, Boulger Reservoir, Huntington Reservoir, Cleveland Reservoir and Electric Lake all offer fishing, with large Electric Lake a favorite for water-skiing and personal watercraft. All require a Utah fishing license and often have specific fishing regulations to be followed. Several campgrounds exist in the area along with dispersed camping on US Forest Service lands. Some private rentals may occasionally be found on Fairview Lakes, while the surrounding areas outside the boundaries of the Manti-La Sal National Forest offer a wealth of lodgings for visitors. The small City of Fairview, 13 miles to the west, offers hotels, motels, guest ranches and rental cottages.

The area is well-equipped to satisfy vacationers’ needs. All types of hiking and skiing equipment rentals are available near Fairview Lakes, along with kayaking tours, paragliding, rock climbing and other extreme sports. Simply driving the back roads and enjoying the scenic meadows filled with wildflowers against the backdrop of some of Utah’s most majestic mountains can fill entire days. Tiny towns, abandoned farmsteads and unique shops and country stores are always a delight to discover even for those wishing a less-active holiday.

Two hours away, Salt Lake City is a unique tourism destination, offering history, culture and unusual sights. Salt Lake City offers excellent theater, music, museums, sports and visual arts venues, along with unique Temple Square and its Mormon pioneer heritage. To the immediate west lies Great Salt Lake and its ever-changing pools of saline water, water birds and salt deposits. A day trip to Antelope Island State Park offers the opportunity to swim or wade in the highly-saline water. South of Salt Lake City, the entire family will enjoy the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Central Utah is filled with contrasts, from jagged peaks to salt flats to green meadows surrounding brooks bubbling with mountain snow melt. Numerous downhill ski areas are located near Salt Lake City, making central Utah a year-round destination

Real estate can be found at Fairview Lakes, both existing homes and build-able lots. Properties nearby outside of the National Forest are available with acreage. A lucky few will be able to arrange for the rental of a private home or cottage overlooking Fairview Lakes. Bring the fly rod and your favorite flies. Also pack the hiking boots, hoist the kayak onto the car-top carrier, and hitch up the trailer with the ORVs. The Fairview Lakes adventure begins.

Things to do at Fairview Lakes

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • National Forest
  • Museum

Fish species found at Fairview Lakes

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Trout

Fairview Lakes Photo Gallery

Fairview Lakes Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Cottonwood Gooseberry Water Users Association

Surface Area: 105 acres

Shoreline Length: 2 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 8,975 feet

Average Depth: 21 feet

Maximum Depth: 40 feet

Water Volume: 2,200 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1869

Water Residence Time: .8 years

Drainage Area: 2 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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