Today is my last day at work – so of course my mind keeps drifting to my “new” workplace – Hoop Lake. Here’s what I know so far – courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service!
Hoop Lake is a natural lake on the north slope of the High Uintas. The lake level has been augmented by construction of a dam, and the watershed has been enlarged by a diversion from Thompson Creek. The lake receives heavy use by anglers. Hoop Lake is a result of glacial moraine impounding the natural drainage of the area. The original lake was 11 feet deep.
In 1939, an earth-fill dam was built at the outlet, and in 1948 it was enlarged, raising water level a total of 25 feet. The reservoir shoreline is owned by the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and public access is unrestricted. Reservoir water is used for irrigation in the McKinnon area of Wyoming (northwest of Manila, UT). The impounded water is drained off before mid-summer for agricultural purposes, but the 11 foot deep original lake remains. Water use is not expected to change in the foreseeable future.
Hoop Lake is accessible from Lonetree, Wyoming. Approximately 1.5 miles east of Lonetree, turn south on the Cedar Basin Road to the national forest. A point of interest along the way is "Hole in the Rock". Travel approximately 7 miles to the intersection of FS-058. Continue southward approximately 3-4 miles past "Hole in the Rock", to the reservoir.
Recreational facilities at Hoop Lake Campground, a USFS facility, include toilet facilities, picnic areas, a swimming area and 44 campsites. Fishing, boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, and hiking are all possible. While there are no launching facilities, it is generally possible to launch a small boat. Angler use is heavy. User fees are charged.
So if you’re ever thinking about a beautiful but rustic camping spot – consider Hoop Lake. We’ll be there to welcome you.