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Named after the Paiute word for “big fish,” Panguitch Lake originally served as a fishery for the area’s native people. Since then, the government built a dam to nearly double the lake’s surface area to 1,248 acres, increasing the shoreline to around 10 miles. It’s now a prime spot to set up base camp and visit the three nearby national parks as well as Cedar Breaks National Monument. Thanks to its high-country location in Dixie National Forest, the area also stays relatively cooler than the surrounding lower elevations. The closest accommodations include three campgrounds and RV parks, while activities range from fishing and hiking to ATV rides.