Ken’s Lake is a great reservoir just ten miles south of Moab. From it you can see the snow-capped La Sal Mountains and then the closer red rocks that are typical near Moab.
No motorized boats are allowed in this lake, but kayaks and paddle boards are welcome. Fishing and swimming are popular as well. They stock rainbow trout, channel catfish and largemouth bass. There is also a campground near the lake.
I haven’t hiked it, but apparently there is a great little trail to a waterfall called Faux Falls. It got it’s name because the Mill Creek did not originally go there, but the BLM diverted it to create Ken’s Lake. When it did so, it chose a scenic place, that created a little waterfall. The hike to Faux Falls is an easy 1.25 miles round trip if you walk the 4WD part of the road. If you drive the bumpy road to the trailhead, then it’s only about .25 miles, round trip. Below the falls is a little three foot swimming hole, so both the falls and lake are great places to cool off.
Bathrooms – At Campground
Seasons – Year Round (waterfall becomes mostly dry in late summer and fall, unless there is rain)
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes
Map to Ken’s Lake
Map to Faux Falls Trailhead
Other places to check out while near Moab are the Potash Road Petroglyphs and Dinosaur Tracks, Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Sand Dune Arch, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point.