Kents Lakes, Utah, USA

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USA - West - Utah - Panoramaland -

Also known as:  Kents Lake, Upper Kents Lake, Lower Kents Lake

Three popular little lakes in Utah’s Panoramaland Region are the three Kents Lakes: Upper Kents Lake, Lower Kents Lake, and Kents Lake. These small reservoirs lie in close proximity along a tributary to the South Fork Beaver River in the Fish Lake National Forest. Perched in a high meadow in the Tushar Mountains, the lakes were created by dams built to provide water storage for agriculture, recreation, and a coldwater fishery. The Kents Lakes quickly gained popularity among residents near Beaver, 15 miles to the west. And before long, the Forest Service created two small campgrounds near the shores of Kents Lake and Lower Kents Lake.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources regularly stocks the lakes with brook trout, tiger trout, rainbow trout and Bonneville cutthroat trout, some as fingerlings and others of legal catchable size. The middle reservoir, Kents Lake, is the largest at 48 acres. Lower Kents Lake covers six acres, while Upper Kents Lake is a bit smaller than Kents Lake. Because legal contracts for the impounded water often drained the reservoirs too low to sustain trout over the winter, the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources purchased the water rights to a minimal conservation pool in each lake to improve overwintering of the fish. With 300 acre-feet held at all times for conservation purposes, Kents Lake now holds a few second-year fish, often approaching two pounds. A small unimproved boat launch site allows private boats to be launched from the campground on Kents Lake, although motorized boats are prohibited. Many visiting anglers forgo the boat and fish from the shoreline. Others use canoes or kayaks.

The main campground at Kents Lake can accommodate either tents or RVs. No modern facilities are provided except for grills, fire rings and picnic tables. Drinking water is available as are vault toilets. A campground host is located near the campground for information or assistance. Located at nearly 8,900 feet elevation, summer days are far cooler here than in the valley below. The surroundings are heavily forested, with firs and aspens shading the surrounding slopes. A stone pavilion with fireplace was built near the campground by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Listed as a historic site, the structure can be used for shelter and group activities. A group campground is located south of Lower Kents Lake, with reservations required. The group campground may be used by single campers when not reserved for a group.

Numerous trails make hiking in the Kents Lakes area a popular pastime. Dispersed camping is allowed away from the campgrounds with certain restrictions. The campground host or any Forest Service Ranger can explain the rules for dispersed camping in the Fish Lake National Forest and advise on backcountry safety. This is bear country, so care must be taken to protect foodstuffs from curious bears and other hungry animals. Although there are ATV trails not far away, ATVs are strictly prohibited from operating in and near the campgrounds and must be trailered at the nearest trailhead. The motorized trails in the area are also used for snowmobiling in the winter. Some of the trails are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Anglers often come to ice fish once the little lakes are frozen.

The Kents Lakes Scenic Loop makes access to the lakes easy from Highway 153. Gravel FS 137 meanders 12 miles past a number of small lakes-including the Kents Lakes-before rejoining Hwy 153 near the Eagle Point ski area. Numerous small campgrounds exist in the area, often on other small reservoirs much like the Kents Lakes. The area is popular for its pristine scenery and clear-running creeks. With 1.4 million acres, Fish Lake National Forest provides recreational opportunities for all types of outdoor recreation. One of the best-known trails in the area is accessed near Kents Lakes: the Skyline Recreation Trail is a non-motorized trial that meanders along the crest of the Tushar Mountain Range, with beautiful views of mountain ranges to the east and west. Most of the trail is considered easy to moderate, but a few sections include 8% grades. Elevations range from 10,100 to 11,100 feet; wildlife, wildflowers and high mountain meadows are some of the scenery hikers can expect. The trail is usually passable from July 1 to mid-October.

Vacation lodgings can be found at some of the resorts in the area for those who want modern accommodations not available at campgrounds. Just outside the Fish Lake National Forest, private vacation cabins, guest ranches and tourism motels await those who wish to make visiting Kents Lakes a day trip. The small City of Beaver holds chain hotels, bed & breakfasts and guest accommodations. Several restaurants are available as are most services. Befitting the home town of outlaw Butch Cassidy, Beaver holds Pioneer Days each July, with events and activities for every member of the family including a rodeo, horse races and a 5K run. The rest of Beaver County holds ghost towns, hundreds of miles of ATV trails, mule deer and elk hunting, backcountry ski tours, and the annual Crusher in The Tushar Road & Dirt Bike Race-a 69-mile paved/gravel event that includes some 15% grades. Historic buildings, unique shops and a colorful local history make Beaver County one of the best all-around family vacation spots in Utah.

Located 200 miles south of Salt Lake City, the Tushar Mountains are a refreshing change from the more urban landscape around Great Salt Lake. This is the ‘old west’ with history spanning the early Mormon pioneers to the mountain trappers, miners and even a few famous outlaws. Kents Lakes is a very different environment than the hot arid valley below. You can experience both in the shadow of the Tushar Mountain Range. Bring the fly rod and spend a few days.

*Statistics listed are for Kents Lake only and don’t include Upper or Lower Kents Lakes.

Things to do at Kents Lakes

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest

Fish species found at Kents Lakes

  • Brook Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Tiger Trout
  • Trout

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Kents Lakes Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Kent’s Lake Irrigation Company

Surface Area: 48 acres

Shoreline Length: 1 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 8,790 feet

Average Depth: 20 feet

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Water Volume: 975 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1928

Trophic State: Hypereutrophic

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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