Silver Lake is a small, high-elevation lake in Utah County, located 1.7 miles above Silver Lake Flat Reservoir in American Fork Canyon. The hike is through a fairly treeless area, with little shade, so bring plenty of water and try not to hike in the middle of the day during the hot summer months. There are a couple of streams where you can filter water along the way if needed.
Camping area is limited at Silver Lake, however there is space for a few tents around the lake. The ground is very rocky with lots of granite. Wildlife such as moose and beavers frequent the area, and the view is spectacular!
Historically, Silver Lake has been stocked with Rainbow and Brook Trout by the DWR. However, in August 2006, over 1000 1 1/2" Arctic Grayling were stocked into Silver Lake by plane. This year, several hundred more were also stocked. Many of these fish should be small, but still catchable size by now! Make sure to make a note in your calendar to fish hike to this beautiful lake this year or next and do some fishing.
Silver Lake is certainly worth the relatively short hike, even if it does steadily gain elevation nearly the entire trail. It provides beautiful high mountain scenery, cooler temperatures, and good fishing that is close to home.
Fishing at Silver Lake is generally very good for small, wild brook trout using a variety of small spinners or dry flies. Using the 'fly and bubble' combination with a spinning rod is a good way to flyfish, since there is little room for backcasting around the lake from shore. This is a great lake to pack up a lightweight float tube and flyfish from the tube.