From Adventure to Plate: Exploring Utahs Miners’ Park and Fishing Surrounding Lakes

Our next adventure takes us to Utah to the town of Marysvale to explore Miners’ Park and to fish the lakes along the way.  

We head out on a Friday night getting us to Dog Valley, our first camp spot, about midnight.

The next morning we headed over to Piute Reservoir to do a little morning fishing.  It was a little slow so we packed up and headed to Marysvale where the entrance to Bullion Canyon and Miners’ Park is located.

When you get into Marysvale take a left on west Bullion Ave and then another left on S Bullion Canyon Road.  This well maintained dirt road will take you through Bullion Canyon to Miners’ Park.  About 3.6 miles in you will come to an old rail car.  If you stop here you will find an informational sign with a self guided tour map.  Donations are requested of $1 if you take the map.   This will help you find all the buildings that are almost all gone along the way to Miners Park.  

Continue to drive up the road once you are about 5.7 miles you will come to a bridge and the trail Entrance to Bullion Falls.  Bullion Falls is a 2 mile round trip hike to a water fall that usually run in early summer during the snow melt.

We continued up at about 6 miles from town to Miners’ Park passing by Bully Boy Mill that was constructed in 1922 and was shut down 16 years later.  Miners’ park is a well preserved miners town that has a  quarter mile walking trail around the buildings, mine openings and equipment with informational plaques. It has all the tools that miners used to use.  Bullion Canyon was mined mostly for Gold and was first mined in 1865 with over 1600 people that lived and worked the mines.

There are picnic tables along the river giving you an amazing backdrop for lunch. On our way down we turn right before the bridge and stopped at Bullion Falls Trading Post for some soft serve ice cream. This was a welcome treat on a warm summer day.

Our next stop was Otter Creek Reservoir.  The day was warm and beautiful and the fishing was slow but we got one large trout that we would later cook up for dinner.  It was crazy to see how many dragon flys were flying around us.

It was getting a little too warm so we headed up to high elevation to the Birch Creek Mountain range.  We fished LeBaron Lake but had no luck.  After talking with some other anglers they also were having no luck.  We headed to the Kents Lakes but they were super crowed so we headed to Three Creeks Reservoir where our luck turned from bad to good.  We found a spot on the lakes edge and caught one after another.  

As it begin to get late we decided to call it a day and headed off the lake to find a camping spot.  We found a perfect spot along a tree line looking into a meadow.  As the sun set in the sky we started dinner cooking up our fish for some amazing cajon fish tacos.  

The next day we headed down the mountain and the back way home hitting Panguitch Lake and Creek catching a few  fish that morning.  Our last stop on was the Cliff Dweller stone house along highway 89A.

Our weekend was packed full of adventure and new spots that we haven’t seen before.  As always to take full advantage of every moment.

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