Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
Can I swim in the Great Salt Lake
Yes. Floating effortlessly on the Great Salt Lake is on many people's bucket list. The salinity of the lake is much higher than the ocean making it possible to float like a cork. And the water is clean.
Why is the Great Salt Lake so salty?
Great Salt Lake is salty because it does not have any outlets (rivers). It is known as a terminal sea. The rivers that flow into the lake bring in small amounts of salt disolved in their fresh water flows. The only way water leaves the Great Salt Lake is by evaporation which leaves the minerals behind. Even though industry extracts salt products from the Great Salt Lake the rivers bring in enough minerals each year to replenish what is removed.
How big and deep is Great Salt Lake.
The Great Salt Lake is the largest lake in the United States outside the Great Lakes. It is about 75 miles long and is nearly 40 miles across at its widest point. It covers 1500 square miles (1,030,000 acres) at its average lake level of 4200 feet msl.
Are there fish in the Great Salt Lake? Can anything live in the lake?
Although Carp and Catfish can sometimes be observed near river inflows they do not live long due to the high salinity of the lake.
Where can I visit the Great Salt Lake.
Although Great Salt Lake is very large there are only a few places for the public to access her. The two most common areas for visititation is Great Salt Lake State Marina and Antelope Island State Park.
Are there Campgrounds at Great Salt Lake
Yes. There are campgrounds at both Great Salt Lake State Park and Antelope Island State Park. Reservations are recommended and can be made through the Reserve America by calling 801-322-3770
Can I rent Kayaks, Paddle Boards or Boats at the Marina
At this time, the answer is "No". We are looking for a new vendor that will come in and provide those services but we do not have them available right now. Please check back regularly.