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Great Salt Lake

PO Box 6658, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-259-1898
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Type: Bodies of Water, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This 20,000 square mile lake, the second saltiest in the world, is also a wildlife refuge attracting millions of migratory birds every year to the ten... more » Owner description: This 20,000 square mile lake, the second saltiest in the world, is also a wildlife refuge attracting millions of migratory birds every year to the ten islands within it. « less
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New Lebanon, Ohio
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159 reviews 159 reviews
31 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We walked out to where the beach met the Great Salt Lake. It was oddly quiet all the way out there. I was amazed at the amount of dead birds in the area. Some placed stunk more than others. It was a beautiful view, however, of the lake & Antelope Island.

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Burleson, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We were in Salt Lake visiting family and had a bit to go look at the Great Salt Lake. The closest access point was a place just off the highway called Saltair. We stopped here and got out to look at the lake, but the parking lot was still a half mile or so to the water. It smelled and... More

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Edina, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Yea it smells like dead things but it's so large that it boggles my mind to think the average depth is 11 feet and the largest living organism is smaller than my pinky nail... I dipped my finger in the lake and felt gross for the rest of the day... Totally worth it.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

There are several areas where you can park for free and watch the storms roll in, waves crashing, lightning crack - very dramatic! It's also a great view in decent weather, of course :) Just be prepared for a bit of a smell as there are a lot of brine shrimp etc. particularly in the summer.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

While visiting SLC, we drove up to see the Great Salt Lake. I'm not sure I could have gone to the city and not made a stop. There is a little park about 30 minutes from the city that you can stop at but it has a fee. On the way there, we saw a number of locals parked in... More

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Grayling, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The slime in the water was so gross, tons of dead birds along the beach and the smell was horrific! Wear sandals or you won't get far! The views of course were gorgeous so it's a trade off.

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Azle, Texas
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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We've been to Great Salt Lake a couple of times. Some years ago, the water level was nearly up to the main building. At that time we did don our bathing suits and go into the water, in which anyone can float. It's amazing. I assume you can still do that. This year we drove by the lake again and... More

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Tooele, Utah
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My husband and I tend to be adventurous and we will go out on a "short drive" and this last time we ended up on Antelope Island. Had no idea that there were so many things to see and do... there is a walk to the "beach" to you can take a dip in the "lake"....picnic area, eating facility.. even... More

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Coatesville, PA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We learned about this park on the Salt Lake and gave it a try ... avoiding the usual city attractions. We are SO GLAD we did! It is about 30 minutes north of the city, near Layton UT. There are many bison roaming free and close enough for terrific photos. The antelope were a bit further but still very visible.... More

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Shady Side, MD
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I was disappointed that it was too cold to experience the buoyancy of the lake. However when I went onto the beach, it was so smelly that I'm not sure that I would have gone in. I was struck by the vastness of this lake in the desert.

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