Navajo Lake

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Navajo LakeNavajo Lake (10/01/2006) Navajo Lake viewed from State Route 14 in Southern Utah.

Navajo LakeNavajo Lake (10/01/2006) This picture provides a glimpse of the Navajo Lake Causeway viewed from Utah Highway 14.

The Dry SideThe Dry Side (10/01/2006) Picture shows the causeway along with the dry and wet side of Navajo Lake in the Fall.

Receding LakeReceding Lake (10/01/2006) Navajo Lake recedes on a regular basis.

Visitors at the LakeVisitors at the Lake (10/01/2006) Fishermen tend to gather at the causeway and fish both sides of the lake.

SpillwaySpillway (10/01/2006) The Spillway between the wet and dry side of Navajo Lake.

Navajo Lake CausewayNavajo Lake Causeway (10/01/2006) Fishermen gather on the Navajo Lake Causeway.

A Fisher of WomenA Fisher of Women (10/01/2006) Utahns in traditional garb fishing on Navajo Lake.

Navajo LakeNavajo Lake (10/01/2006) The causeway preserves a good size lake throughout the year.

Dry SideDry Side (10/01/2006) The dry side of Navajo Lake recedes each year into a swamp. I suspect that the fishing on the dry side is better than wet side as the fish are running out of places to swim.

Navajo Lake DamNavajo Lake Dam (10/01/2006) Looking back across the dam.

UtahnsUtahns (10/01/2006) My guess is that this is an traditional LDS family. I understand that if you get three wives, you will become a God who gets a planet and becomes an equal to the Heavenly Father.

Lava FlowsLava Flows (10/01/2006) Navajo Lake was formed by these lava flows on the Aquarius Plateau a few thousand years ago. That is not very long ago.

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Navajo Lake

Navajo Lake is a Natural Lake on the Markagunt Plateau in Dixie National Forest of Southern Utah. The lake is 26 miles East of Cedar City on Utah Highway 14. Geologically, this is a very interesting lake. Navajo Lake was formed just a few millennia ago when lava flows from a near by volcano isolated the drainage from its natural outlet. The lake fills up each year with Spring run off. Lava tubes drain the lake during the summer. The result is that the lake never crests the natural dam to carve out a canyon. What is extremely interesting is that lava tubes drain the lake into two drainages. Some of the water reappears in Duck Creek. This water water flows into the Sevier River and into Sevier Lake in the Great Basin.

The second outlet is near Cascade Falls which drops into the Virgin River drainage, eventually to join the Colorado in a trip toward the Pacific.

The water from the lake flows through lava tubes. Some of the water flows into Duck Creek, then into the Sevier River and eventually into the terminal Sevier Lake in the Great Basin. The other part of the water reappears near Cascade Falls then into the Virgin River on a voyage toward the Pacific.

To maintain a healthy fishery, there is a causeway across the lake. When you arrive at the lake in Spring, both sides of the lake are even. When you arrive in Fall, the Eastern half of the lake is dry.


Context: Lakes

Cedar Canyon (23 pictures) State Road 14 leads to Cedar City, Utah.

Cedar Breaks National Monument (51 pictures) Cedar Breaks National Monument is North East of Cedar Breaks.

Kolob Plateau (26 pictures) The Kolob Plateau is to the South.

Lakes (16 pictures) Pictures of other lakes in the Mountain West.


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