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Address: Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone Number: 801-259-1898
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This 20,000 square mile lake, the second saltiest in the world, is also a...
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.
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Great Salt Lake Marina: interesting, but not all that pleasant

We came by here on a road trip, and were staying in a hotel by the airport, so the Marina wasn't very far out of our way. I'm glad we went, since I've never seen the Great Salt... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The views from Antelope island looking back across Salt Lake to the snow capped mountains was beautiful. The Rockies were reflected in the stillness of the lake with crystal clarity. Great opportunity to get up close with some huge Bison. We didn't experience the smell that some complain about, however it was winter and perhaps it intensifies in the warmer... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We came by here on a road trip, and were staying in a hotel by the airport, so the Marina wasn't very far out of our way. I'm glad we went, since I've never seen the Great Salt Lake, but it wasn't all that scenic, just a fairly typical looking lake. The parking area at the State Marina cost $3... More 

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Trexlertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A side visit to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake is worth a couple of hours for those interested in seeing the above horned critters cavorting on the salt shelves and hillsides. Visit a touristy but not crowded old ranch to see bison herds up close and personal and get great photos. The island has some history but is... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

While the Great Salt Lake is worth a viewing, I'm not sure there is a reason to make it a destination. From the city of Salt Lake there is only one place where you can access the shore and see the lake up close. THe only facility is an old historic building that is still well used as a concert... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I currently live in Salt Lake City and was raised in Utah. Nobody goes to the Great Salt Lake. It smells really bad and there are lots of pesky insects. The Lake is best experienced as a view from one of the city's other venues...Red Butte Gardens, Natural History Museum, City Library, church office building, even through your airplane window.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Before we left the Salt Lake City area we had to see the actual Great Salt Lake. The vistas from the state park were great. We did walk on the beach, and a couple of us placed our hands in the water. The area was infested with hundreds of thousands of small flying insects, and the area had a terrible... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

First, it takes almost one hour to get to the park to access the beach, so plan accordingly. The lake must be low right now because the walk to the water from the parking lot was long, hot and arduous. You get used to the smell, but there are a lot of flies. If you have children who freak out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Great Salt Lake is valuable resource for wildlife and treasure trove of minerals, but a stinky dirty beach isn't much fun for humans. It does give beautiful panoramic views when seen from a distance, but there is no reason to get out of your car, and we were quite surprised to see large amounts of garbage covering the beach... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I remember going to and swimming in the Great Salt Lake as a child and was excited to share this experience with my husband, but it wasn't anything like I remembered. The lake is about a quarter mile down from the beach parking lot on Antelope Island. The briny smell was intense as you neared the water. Very few people... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

What a disappointment. My wife and I were horrified by the stench of the lake as we stood in the sneaker-sucking mud along the lake's shore. I couldn't get the stink out of my sneakers and had to throw them away. This lake is an embarrassment to the city and the state!

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Address: Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone Number: 801-259-1898
Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City

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