Fishing Soup Bowl Reservoir in Ephraim Canyon, Utah.


Soup Bowl Reservoir is located in Sanpete County, Utah in the Manti-La Sal mountain range. The reservoir is located half way between Orangeville and Ephraim. The drive from each city takes just over an hour. From Orangeville take UT-29 for 26 miles. The road will loop around Joes Valley Reservoir and then come up steep climb which over looks the valley. The road is generally in good condition and should be fine to pull a trailer on. You will see a sign for Soup Bowl and Petes Hole. Take Forest Road 0005 for one mile then there will be a turn off to the left. The reservoir will be a few hundred yards down the turn off.

From Ephraim take the Ephraim Canyon Road for 21 miles until you see the sign for Soup Bowl and Pete Hole.

Fish Species

On average the reservoir is stocked with around 2,000 rainbow trout per year and around 1,000 tiger trout per year. From 2008 to 2012 a small number of albino rainbow trout were planted, but they are no longer in the reservoir.


In 1969 water storage rights were transferred from the Ephraim Irrigation Company to the Forest Service. Before this point winter kills were frequent as the water was drawn down for irrigation. The Forest Service reconstructed the dam to bring it up to state and federal standards a few years later.

Nearby Places to Fish

Seely Creek, Petes Hole Reservoir, Academy Mill Reservoir, Grassy Lake, Blue Lake #3 (Jewkes), Mary's Lake, and Joes Valley Reservoir.