Kens Lake Recreation Area

Looking down on Kens Lake Recreation Area from Flat Pass. Campground area on left and lake on right.

This recreation area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and is located about 7 miles south of Moab, Utah. The area was named after Ken McDougald who was a former mayor of Moab and includes Ken’s Lake, which is actually a small open air reservoir for day use, and a campground. While the lake is quite small and not much to look at, the surrounding area is breathtaking.

 

The drive in is on pavement until the last few hundred yards which is gravel but is nicely graded. The campground has 31 sites divided into two separate unnamed loops. Almost all sites are suitable for big rigs and are level and spaced apart a nice distance. Less than a handful of sites are a bit smaller and a bit unlevel.  Some sites are out in the open and some are protected by trees. The sites towards the end of the loop in the first campground are next to the creek for some babbling brook sounds while you sleep.  All sites are gravel with a picnic table and a fire pit. There are vault toilets and a trash receptacle at each loop.

Ken's Lake Campground Entrance

Ken’s Lake Campground Entrance

Campground: Ken’s Lake Campground
Location: Moab, Utah (7 miles south)
Site: 9
Cost: $7.50 (That’s 50% off with an interagency pass – regular price $15)
Services: None
Comments: A lovely dry camping campground with large, spacious, nicely separated sites. The campground was full except for 3 sites when we arrived on a Saturday but by Sunday afternoon it was almost empty.  We loved it and will definitely return.

 

The first campground, just past the day use area which is where Ken’s Lake is, is for sites 1-18.

 

The second loop for sites 19-31 is just a bit further up the dirt road and requires a drive through a dip in the road where there is a wash. It looked a bit dicey for a big rig to drive through so we avoided it and parked in the first campground. We did see a Horizon Itasca drive through it so they managed.

 

There is a hiking trail from the second campground up to a waterfalls named Faux Falls. A short hike but well worth it for the view of the falls and the view back down to the campground and lake.