Great Salt Lake
Great Salt Lake
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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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  • TCinci2015
    Egham, United Kingdom176 contributions
    Lovely views but terrible access road be careful
    The views and the lake are amazing but if you want avoid potentially damaging your car don’t drive the last 0.5 miles to the visitor center and museum there is a free parking just before you enter the pot holes ( not much road just pot holes in places ). You can walk to the beach then along to the visitor center. Worth a visit but they really need to do something with that road The other issue is you may be shocked but at this time of year there is the normal smell from the marsh and brine but there are 100’s of dead birds on the beach from a virus problem,
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 27, 2023
  • Gwen D
    Cincinnati, Ohio2,068 contributions
    So Glad I Finally Visited
    I couldn't come all the way to Salt Lake City and not see the lake from the land rather always by the air. Dragged my sister the opposite direction we were heading so that I might say been there done that. It was a lovely morning and so interesting. Worth the time!
    Visited June 2022
    Written May 2, 2023
  • DLP
    New Jersey1,928 contributions
    Sad Condition of the The Great Salt Lake
    So excited to see the Great Salt Lake…the second saltiest body of water in the world, but it was sad and disappointing. The lake is drying up and is surrounded by small muddy puddles and salt flats. The brine flies were unbearable. No doubt you will swallow some if you Venture towards the water. It was a beautiful day the day that we visited, yet not a single boat on the water or not a sole swimming. None the less, I am glad I took the opportunity to see it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
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Wendy O
Georgetown, TX53 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Interesting facts but underwhelming and yucky. By nature it has a Sulphur smell, it's muddy getting to the receded waters edge. The Visitors Center is an old modular building, they do have showers if you choose to experiment with your buoyancy with a swim.
Written 15 September 2023
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ckw882
Four Oaks, NC88 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This lake is huge. We went to the North end and then traveled down the eastern side to the South end. It was very interesting and glad we went while we were visiting Utah.
Written 2 September 2023
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DLP
New Jersey1,928 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
So excited to see the Great Salt Lake…the second saltiest body of water in the world, but it was sad and disappointing. The lake is drying up and is surrounded by small muddy puddles and salt flats. The brine flies were unbearable. No doubt you will swallow some if you Venture towards the water. It was a beautiful day the day that we visited, yet not a single boat on the water or not a sole swimming. None the less, I am glad I took the opportunity to see it.
Written 30 July 2023
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bob C
Oakland, NJ38 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Terrible place to visit. This lake is almost completely dried up. When we finally made it down to the water there was a million gnats. They charge 15.00 to get in the park. Honestly this park will eventually be shut down. Don’t waste your time here!
Written 21 July 2023
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Christopher M.
Ada, OK5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
After driving cross country I was ready to see this so bad! Haha. It’s nasty guys and gals. It smells like a slew pond and looks like it too. You can’t tell but each picture I took I was being consumed by fleas! In droves it was rough. Dead seagulls laid across the beaches and the picture areas were almost too much to handle flea wise to get a good picture.
Written 15 July 2023
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Dan Sypkes
Lacey, WA11 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Was actually very underwhelming, dead birds everywhere, smelt terrible but the visitor's centre was nice. Lake was cool though.
Written 11 June 2023
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MaryEllenBertkau
Charleston, SC226 contributions
Apr 2023
Really a sorry sight. We paid the park entry fee only to be greeted with a terrible smell which was due to 20k migrating birds who didn't make it. Our grandchildren were experiencing wings, beaks, and dead ducks. I understand the job of removing all these birds, but really? Terrible disappointment.
Written 6 May 2023
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Gwen D
Cincinnati, OH2,068 contributions
Jun 2022
I couldn't come all the way to Salt Lake City and not see the lake from the land rather always by the air. Dragged my sister the opposite direction we were heading so that I might say been there done that. It was a lovely morning and so interesting. Worth the time!
Written 2 May 2023
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Sharon D
Northfield, MN17 contributions
Mar 2023
We wanted to be sure to see Great Salt Lake before it's gone in 5-8 years. Antelope Island is a perfect location for wildlife, hiking and being near the Lake itself.
Written 18 April 2023
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TCinci2015
Egham, UK176 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
The views and the lake are amazing but if you want avoid potentially damaging your car don’t drive the last 0.5 miles to the visitor center and museum there is a free parking just before you enter the pot holes ( not much road just pot holes in places ). You can walk to the beach then along to the visitor center.

Worth a visit but they really need to do something with that road

The other issue is you may be shocked but at this time of year there is the normal smell from the marsh and brine but there are 100’s of dead birds on the beach from a virus problem,
Written 27 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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