It’s important to stay safe while at Utah Lake, so we have compiled some resources to help you stay safe while boating, swimming, and doing other activities at the lake.
Life Jacket Loaner Program
ULSP: Life jackets are stored inside the visitors center. Speak with a ranger for assistance, if needed.
SSCM: Life jackets are hung on a bulletin board next to the restrooms, east side of the parking lot.
Unique Utah Lake Risks
Utah Lake is very shallow. When the lake is full, it averages 10 feet in depth. Usually water levels drop a few feet towards the end of the summer. It is important to keep this in mind while boating.
Occasionally the health department issues a health advisory for algae blooms on Utah Lake. Otherwise, Utah Lake is completely safe for recreation. That said, a great deal of work has been taking place to improve the water quality in such a way that these blooms can be reduced in scope and frequency. Projects to improve the quality of water, flora and fauna and recreation access have been going on for decades at Utah Lake. If you want to learn more about algae, visit our Algae Blooms page.
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The mountains surrounding the lake, made up of mostly limestone containing a lot of calcium carbonate are a major reason. When the water flows through these mountains it transports the minerals to Utah Lake where it concentrates and makes the water look “milky” or “murky.”