Fodor's Expert Review Great Salt Lake State Park

Great Salt Lake Park (National/State/Provincial)

The Great Salt Lake is eight times saltier than the ocean and second only to the Dead Sea in salinity. What makes it so briny? There's no outlet to the ocean, so salts and other minerals carried by rivers and streams become concentrated in this enormous evaporation pond. Ready access to this wonder is possible at this state park on the lake's south shore, 16 miles west of Salt Lake City. A pavilion, souvenir shop, and dance floor honor the park's glory days when ballroom dancing and the lake brought thousands of visitors to its shores.

The state park used to manage the beaches north of the pavilion, but the lake is too shallow here for floating (Antelope Island is better for that). What you can do here is walk down the boat ramp to Great Salt Lake State Marina and stick your legs in the water to experience the unique sensation of floating on water that won't let you sink. Your feet will bob to the surface, and you'll see tiny orange brine shrimp floating with you. You can also... READ MORE

The Great Salt Lake is eight times saltier than the ocean and second only to the Dead Sea in salinity. What makes it so briny? There's no outlet to the ocean, so salts and other minerals carried by rivers and streams become concentrated in this enormous evaporation pond. Ready access to this wonder is possible at this state park on the lake's south shore, 16 miles west of Salt Lake City. A pavilion, souvenir shop, and dance floor honor the park's glory days when ballroom dancing and the lake brought thousands of visitors to its shores.

The state park used to manage the beaches north of the pavilion, but the lake is too shallow here for floating (Antelope Island is better for that). What you can do here is walk down the boat ramp to Great Salt Lake State Marina and stick your legs in the water to experience the unique sensation of floating on water that won't let you sink. Your feet will bob to the surface, and you'll see tiny orange brine shrimp floating with you. You can also rent boats and stand-up paddleboards here, and shower off at the marina.

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Park (National/State/Provincial) Beach Body Of Water/Waterfall Views

Quick Facts

13312 W. 1075 S
Magna, Utah  84044, USA

801-250–1898

www.stateparks.utah.gov

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Rate Includes: $5 per vehicle

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