Payson Lakes Campground

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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Salem, UT 84653
Reservations: 877-444-6777
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GPS: 39.9308, -111.6402

Last Price Paid: $21
Number of Sites: 111
Pad Type: asphalt
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 8005 ft
Max Stay: 7
Max Length: 45 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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1 review
Nightly rate: $21
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: B31
“Favorite place to camp”

Reviewed Aug 05, 2016

Overall Rating

We've been camping here on and off for 30 years. During that time we've had a variety of tent trailers, regular travel trailers, and now a Hybrid. Our last stay here was with a tent trailer.

We did have a problem with our arrival. We had booked site 32, and when we pulled around the loop to pull into our spot there was a tent set up in that site. We found the camp host, and he was willing to make them move -- but they were nowhere to be found. Rather than wait what might be a while to get set up, we used site B31 across the road. He did give us a voucher from the company that runs this campground that entitled us to a free night in any of the other campground they manage (American Land and Leisure), and it turned out just fine.

We've always laughed about the "bear aware" signs in this campground since we'd never seen any in our previous visits. This time, there were definitely bears in the area. There was one at the dumpster the first night when my husband and son-in-law went to dump the garbage about 11 PM at night, and the next night a different bear (different color) crossed the road in front of them when they went back to the dumpster. Make sure you're keeping a clean camp and storing food properly.

One of the reasons that we love this campground is the lake that's nearby. It's a small lake, and doesn't allow motors on the lake. There's a beach area for the kids to play on and splash in the lake, and a paved trail around the lake that's suitable for bikes for fairy young kids or strollers.

Fishing is spotty. We've had good luck and bad luck during our many trips here. It is used heavily by church groups for camping on the weekends, and can be a bit noisy especially on Friday nights.

On our last trip we did have AT&T cell phone service with good reception. I didn't happen to notice how many bars we had, but it worked fine for internet access on my smart phone.

We especially like going here in the fall when the leaves are changing. The lake is frequently way down at that time of year as it's used for irrigation downstream. During the summer it can get warm during the ways, but it's always been chilly at night. In the fall you'll want sweatshirts during the day and coats at night. The campground is located at 8,000 feet, and it's a great place to get out of the heat in the valleys of Utah during the middle of summer.

The drive up to the campground is up a windy canyon road, with 7 sharp curves. If you have anyone in your vehicle who gets carsick, have them take precautions.

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Currently Wandering

27 Airstream International
2006 Dodge Ram 1500
108 reviews
Nightly rate: $21
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: C01

Currently Wandering would stay here again

“LOVE this area!”

Reviewed Sep 25, 2014

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Jess grew up tent camping at Payson Lakes so its always been one of her favorites. We loved our campsite - we drove the other loops and it is definitely one of the largest. Even right next to the road, we really had no problems with noise. Lots of great hammock trees! Lake was great for swimming, and we all loved it. Pretty busy in the summer with girl's groups and scouts (which were noisy fairly late into the night!).

The road up to the lake is pretty windy, and watch out for the cows. No joke. There are a ton of free range cows all over the hills.

There is also some great mountain biking & hiking!

If we recall right, we barely boosted in some Verizon. Enough that we had some internet, but no T-Mobile cell service.

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Dads Not A Very Good Fisher…

One of the best parts about RVing is that it is caused us to discover great places that are close to home.  The Payson Lakes area is under 90 minutes from our house and was a great weekend geta...

  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • group sites
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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