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Great Salt Lake

star-4.5
134 Reviews
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Basics

Seeing the Great Salt Lake typically means visiting one of two Utah state parks, Antelope Island State Park or Great Salt Lake State Park. Guided tours of the vast inland sea give visitors an opportunity to see the Great Salt Lake State Marina, catch brine shrimp (aka sea monkeys) in the salty water, swim in the lake, and spot some of the 250 species of nesting and migratory birds that spend part of the year in this wetlands habitat. Hikers and mountain bikers head to wildlife-rich Antelope Island or the lake’s long shoreline. At 75 miles (120 kilometers) long and 35 miles (56 kilometers) wide, the lake is all that remains of Lake Bonneville, an ice age lake that covered much of the region some 30,000 years ago.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salt Lake City

star-5
The Great Salt Lake Experience
Anne_B, Aug 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The lady who led the tour was very informative and funny. She was also very helpful to all the passengers. A great trip to The Great Salt Lake.
star-5
Recommend this tour
Terry_B, Aug 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Our guide, Captain Jane, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. She obviously loves the Great Salt Lake snd SLC.
star-5
Guide was so personable...
Larry_S, Sep 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
Guide was so personable answered all my questions and and shared his knowledge Weather was great, worried about The flys but there were none!
star-4
I thought it was a very...
Gary_P, Sep 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
I thought it was a very informative trip. I would suggest a little longer. It went too fast. Everything else was very nice. Really didn’t see much.
star-4
Great Excursion But Mask Aversion
Stephanie_O, Aug 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Giving this tour a good review due to knowledge and friendliness of guide. Although I enjoyed this small group and van excursion, I felt uncomfortable and unsafe as my spouse and I were the only individuals who wore masks.
star-5
I live the whole experience.
Pierrot_B, Sep 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
Jeff was awesome. He was so nice and very informative. He even called us to make sure that we were coming since we were close to time.
star-5
Fun in the sun
T_R, Aug 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
The boat trip was fun and knowledgeable. I have lived in SLC my whole like and learned new interesting facts. I have a new appreciation for the Great Salt Lake.
star-5
Laughing on the Great Salt Lake
maria_g, Sep 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
Our tour guide was delightful. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun by quizzing us. It was a nice mix of people on board. I recommend to all who live in or come to visit Salt Lake City.
star-4
Take a chance on floating in America’s version of the Dead Sea!
Marisa_E, Jun 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The tour gave you a nice experience of Great Salt Lake, you can go swimming and experience the float. It was smelly and to know why the brine fly and shrimp cause that odor. It was fun watching seagulls eat the flies and a sworm of black cloud ( flies) moving away from the seagull. Great facts of the economic growth that comes from this Great Lake!
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Great boat tour!!!
Gina_G, Aug 2021
45 Minute Great Salt Lake Boat Tour
We had a great time on this tour boat!!!! Great information!! Jokes got better towards the end!!! Very little amount of bugs we did not have to wear the protective face gear did for photos!!! When the flys which are small like Nats when they would come by us are capped and you can move the boat a little faster and turn a certain way they were gone!! Great time try it!!!!
star-5
We really enjoyed this tour. The guide was great!
Daniel_W, Aug 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
Best part was the Lake and walking in the water! The tour guide shared a lot of interesting information. The bus was comfortable and people friendly.
star-4
Recommend seeing.
Rosannenay, Jun 2021
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake from Salt Lake City
The history of the great salt lake before we arrived at the site was most interesting. The site itself was a natural beauty.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Great Salt Lake is a must-see for outdoors enthusiasts and first-time visitors.

  • Bring insect repellent plus sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water; the climate here can be hot and dry.

  • The lake is quite shallow; the maximum depth is 35 feet (11 meters). Swimming is allowed but be prepared for flies, lots of brine shrimp, and an odor caused by the high salinity of the water.

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How to Get There

The Great Salt Lake sits northwest of Salt Lake City. Exits on interstate 80 and 15 will take you there. Most visitors explore the various points of interest around the lake by car. A causeway (via Interstate 15 to State Route 127) gives automobile access to Antelope Island.

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When to Get There

There’s no bad time to visit the Great Salt Lake—timing largely depends on what you want to do. Swimmers and sunbathers should visit during the warm summer months when the lake offers a refreshing break from the heat.

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Bonneville Salt Flats

To get a sense of how big the Great Salt Lake was when it was a vast inland sea, pay a visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats just outside of Salt Lake City. The land here is among the flattest places on the planet, stretching across 30,000 barren acres (12,140 hectares).

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