11 miles up Payson Canyon well known as the Mount Nebo Scenic Loop, you will come to Payson Lakes. These lakes offer an abundance of outdoor activities, including fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping, wildlife viewing and more. There are three lakes, McClelland Lake, Box Lake and Big East Lake.
McClelland Lake and Box Lake are used more for the fishing opportunities. I personally love to fish Box Lake which is in the middle of the three. I have fished this lake for years and can't remember even one trip that I did not catch at least one fish. The fishing action is usually fast, so this is a great place to take the kids.
Big East Lake is the largest of the three lakes. It offers more amenities such as a walking path, picnic tables, swim beach and more. This lake is closest to the campground. Fishing on the lake is also pretty good, but it is more crowded than the other two. This lake has a very large day use area that can be accessed through the campground. The day use area is by the swim beach and it offers a large grassy area to set up blankets for sunbathing or picnicking.
Directions - To get to Payson Lakes take the Payson exit off of I-15. Head straight down main street until you reach 100 N. Turn left on 100 N. Stay on 100 N until you reach 600 E. You will see a sign that says Mount Nebo Scenic Loop. Turn right on 600 E. This will take you up the canyon. From the mouth of the canyon the day use area is 11 miles and the campground is 11.6 miles.