K Visitor Center
Your park fees provide for the care, protection and
enhancement of this park.
Plants and Animals – All plants, animals, minerals
and other natural features in state parks are protected. It is unlawful to remove, alter or destroy them.
Silver Sands Beach
The park is located 17 miles west of Salt Lake City on
I-80, Exit 104 (Saltair Dr).
Pets – Pets are allowed, but should be on a
maximum six-foot leash. Service dogs are the only
animals admitted into park buildings. Please clean
up after pets.
Fireworks – Explosives, fireworks and firecrackers
Fires – Campfires are allowed in developed pits
only. All developed campsites provide barbeque
grills. Firewood is not available.
Please observe the following park regulations
to ensure a safe and pleasant visit.
Vandalism – Please help keep our parks beautiful.
It is unlawful to mutilate or deface any natural or
Wastewater – It is unlawful to dump or drain
wastewater from campers or trailers onto the
ground. Utility sinks and a sanitary disposal station
" Picnic area
" Other Buildings
¸ Dump station
, Boat ramp
Quiet Hours – 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
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Great Salt Lake
The park is open year-round.
April through September: 8 a.m. to sunset
October through March: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address Inquiries To:
Great Salt Lake State Park
P.O. Box 440
Magna, UT 84044
Utah State Parks and Recreation
P.O. Box 146001
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6001
Utah State Parks Mission:
To enhance the quality of life by preserving and
providing natural, cultural and recreational resources
for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this
and future generations.
Information contained in this brochure was accurate at the time of
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as mandated. For updated information please contact the park.
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Utah State Parks
GREAT SALT LAKE
reat Salt Lake State Park is a gateway
to Great Salt Lake, with opportunities
for boating, birding, kayaking, biking, and
sweeping views of the lake. Hundreds of
thousands of migratory birds stop by Great
Salt Lake each year, making the marina
a popular destination for birders. The
marina offers visitors a chance to explore
this unique inland sea, with a boat launch,
observation deck, beach, visitor center, gift
shop and camping.
Great Salt Lake
reat Salt Lake is a remnant of
prehistoric Lake Bonneville, which
covered more than 20,000 square miles
of land. The present lake is about 75 miles
long and 35 miles wide, with a maximum
depth of 33 feet. Water levels in the lake are
far from constant and depend on seasonal
evaporation and precipitation.
The Saltair is the most famous resort and is about two
miles east of the marina. It was first built in 1893, but
was destroyed by fire in 1971. In 1981 a Saltair replica
was built, but a flood in 1984 made it close again. With
the lowering of the lake’s water level, the Saltair was
once again reopened in 1993 and has been open to the
public ever since.
his unique inland sea contains no fish; only algae,
brine fly-larvae and brine shrimp can live in Great Salt
Brine shrimp are a major source of food for migratory
birds. They are also valuable for their hard-walled
eggs or cysts, which are commercially harvested
and sold worldwide as fish and prawn food. Shrimp
harvesting boats can be seen on Great Salt Lake
October through January.
he park offers excellent views of the Bonneville
Shoreline levels, which mark the presence of the
ancient Lake Bonneville. Four distinct shorelines are
visible along the mountain ranges surrounding the lake,
and on the islands within the lake.
Golden Spike National
Silver Sands Beach consists of oolitic sand, which
is a unique feature of Great Salt Lake. Oolitic sand
consists of round, smooth grains that are formed when
concentric layers of calcium carbonate build up around
mineral grains or brine shrimp fecal pellets.
Body of Water
Average % of Salinity
Dead Sea, Israel ........................ 33%
Great Salt Lake, Utah ................ 15%
Salton Sea, California ................ 4%
Oceans ....................................... 3%
Drinking Water ........................... 0%
The shores and nearby wetlands are also home to a
number of reptiles and mammals.
Marina - Boat slips are available for long-term
or day-use. Contact the Harbor Master for
Great Salt Lake is a popular destination for birders
due to the diverse amount of migratory birds that pass
through. The lake attracts more than 257 bird species,
depending on the season. Ducks, geese, gulls, pelicans,
eagles and hundreds of other birds live in the marshes
and wetlands surrounding the lake. The lake is an
important part of the Pacific and Central Fly Ways for
migratory birds and part of the Northern Hemispheric
Shore Bird Reserve.
Camping - The marina offers five camp spots
with water and electrical hook-ups, picnic tables
and fire pits/grills.
Before the 1960’s, most early water craft on Great
Salt Lake were for industrial purposes, including
everything from mineral extraction to ferrying livestock.
Commercial vessels also assisted in the construction of
the Transcontinental Railway, contributing to Great Salt
Lake’s role as a crucial transportation hub.
Day-use Facilities - The marina offers access
to sandy beaches, outdoor shower facilities,
pavilion, picnic areas and modern restrooms. The
covered pavilion can be reserved and rented for
Black Rock, located about a mile west of the marina, can
be seen from both the marina and I-80. This landmark
was first seen by Brigham Young three days after he
arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. It has also been the site of
several beach resorts that eventually fell prey to the everfluctuating lake level.
Visitor Center - Open year-round. Amenities
include wheelchair accessibility, exhibits,
publications, and gift shop. A video presentation
may be viewed upon request and a Junior Ranger
Program is available for young visitors.
Fish and most other aquatic life cannot tolerate
the stress of the hyper saline water. However,
brine shrimp, brine fly larvae, and algae thrive in
rom the mid 1800’s to the present, Great Salt
Lake has been visited for recreational purposes by
swimmers, boaters, bikers, hikers, and hunters. In the
past, eateries and lake-side resorts were spread along
the lake front. Water level fluctuations have affected
lake recreation over the years; many resorts have either
flooded or been left dry.
Facilities and Services
The first sailing craft was launched in 1847 and by the
1860’s, boating for pleasure began on Great Salt Lake.
Various cruises and boat races were held throughout
the late 19th century. In 1877 the Great Salt Lake Yacht
Club was established and continues to operate today,
making it among the oldest in the nation. The Yacht
Club still holds sailboat and remote control sailboat
races at the marina.
Four rivers and numerous streams empty into
Great Salt Lake, carrying dissolved minerals.
The lake has no outlet and has such a high
concentration of salt because water evaporates
off of the lake and leaves the salt and minerals
behind. The lake’s salinity levels range between
5 and 28 percent, compared to the ocean at 3
percent. About 4.5 billion tons of salt are in the
lake, and commercial removal of salt equals
about 2.3 million tons annually.
Great Salt Lake
& Saltair (Exit 104)
To Wendover &
Bonneville Salt Flats
To Park City