In response to significant concerns regarding public safety, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has taken swift action by implementing an emergency closure to fishing activities at Panguitch Lake. This decision, effective immediately, comes in light of recent damage sustained by the Panguitch Lake Dam, resulting in a notable crack along its upper portion. The closure, mandated by DWR Director J. Shirley, is a precautionary measure aimed at safeguarding the well-being of both visitors and residents alike.

The announcement of the fishing closure was made on Wednesday, April 10, with Panguitch Lake set to remain inaccessible to anglers until further notice. Director Shirley emphasized the paramount importance of public safety, stating, "Public safety is a top priority for us, and we want to deter anglers and others from visiting the area at this time." The directive underscores the agency's commitment to ensuring the protection of individuals who might otherwise be at risk due to the compromised structural integrity of the dam.

For ongoing updates regarding the situation and other pertinent public safety advisories, members of the community are encouraged to refer to the Garfield County website and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Despite the closure, it's important to note that all other regulations outlined in the 2024 Utah Fishing Guidebook remain in full effect. This measure aims to maintain regulatory consistency while prioritizing the safety and well-being of all individuals involved.

Late Tuesday evening the Garfield County Sheriff's office raised their monitoring of the situation to a level 2 Emergency Situation. The Level 2 status indicates there is the potential for dam failure, but the sheriff's release says there is no immediate threat to public safety.

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