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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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Fairfax, Virginia
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148 reviews 148 reviews
126 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We stopped here as part of our touring the area and couldn't resist joining the other folks floating and swimming. Even the worst swimmer can stay afloat due to the water density.

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Troy, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We read antelope island was the place to swim but logistics didn't allow for that so we first stopped at the marina off I80, which was a very rocky shore. We then stopped at the "beach" a few miles to the east (closer to salt lake) near the Saltair. It was a hike to the water which took us by... More

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Mountain View, California, USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

As other reviewers mentioned, lots of flies, dead birds after looking around the bank and realized them, not able to stand there even for a single minute. If you are planning to visit this place with kids to play in waters, it is not a good place.

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SLC
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It's remote...and deserted...and not a good place to play or picnic. There are no nearby services (food, gas, restrooms). However, the Great Salt Lake is a nice place to watch sandpipers run up and down the shoreline or feed seagulls. The dilapidated Salt Palace needs to be torn down. Don't even think about driving through the marina without paying the... More

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Denver, CO
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106 reviews 106 reviews
24 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Everyone complains about the smell. And it does smell. But if you understand the salinity of the water, the brine and shrimp that live there you understand it a bit better. If you have ever been to a bay that does not get a lot of inflow from the ocean, it can smell like that. The brine flies make a... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

As you approach the lake it is breathtakingly beautiful with the backdrop of mountains and perfect reflection of the sky shimmering on the lake. As you take one more fateful step forward - you will forget all about the beauty as you grab your nose and pray that whatever wet mixture of salt/sand/mud you just stepped into will come of... More

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Mansfield, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Husband and I enjoyed our trip to this park. It is worth the trip to see. Other comments focused on the terrible odor. We did not find it offensive at all.

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Houston, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It's a large salty body of water. It smells bad. It has flies. It is hard to see how folks used to go swimming in this lake. We've checked it off the bucket list though. Onto other things.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Visited as part of a tour. It was a quock 50 min visit to see and snap some pics. Very scenic and beautiful in the morning hrs. Was not as smelly as I've seen others comment but I guess that depends on a lot of factors including location. It smells just like an ocean.

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Sydney
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The lake is about a 30 min drive out of town. You can walk out onto the salt but it is very muddy underneath as the water level is quite high in the lake. Take a second pair of shoes or slip ons to wear as your feet get very dirty. Nearby there is a gift shop with a water... More

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