Way back in January of last year, as I was planning this trip, I imagined floating in the Great Salt Lake immediately upon arriving in Utah. But I didn’t take into account that Utah, in March, is much like Columbus in March – cold. Though it was unseasonably warm this year, unless you’re a polar bear, duck or crazy, you’re not floating for very long. So the float will have to wait until our next visit – in summer.
We still did make the drive along the shore. The Salt Lake is indeed great. Nearly 75 miles long and 35 miles wide, it overs more than 1,700 square miles and is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere (4th largest terminal lake in the world!)
What is even more astonishing is that this enormous lake was actually park of an even larger prehistoric lake known as Lake Bonneville which covered 22,400 square miles (12 times larger than the current Salt Lake). With the change in climate, the lake started drying up and Great Salt Lake and the Salt Lake Basin is what remains of that massive body of water.
The name Salt Lake means the lake is obviously salty, but, I found out that the lake is actually much saltier than sea water – so salty in fact that it supports almost NO aquatic life except for a few brine shrimp and salt flies. I also found out that this lake is endorheic which means it has no outlet besides evaporation, which constantly increases its salt content.
We found a viewing location and snapped a few pictures, hope you enjoy.