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The Great Salt Lake Isn’t the Best Place for a Swim, but It’s Worth a Visit Nonetheless!
Antelope Island State Park
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Recreation. Swimming and sunbathing are popular on the clean, white sand beaches at Antelope Island State Park. Freshwater showers are available to rinse off after swimming . Sailing is very popular on the lake and full-service marinas are available at Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake State Marina on the south shore.
No sharks live in the Great Salt Lake . The only animals that do live in it are brine shrimp—which are so tiny about all they are good for is feeding saltwater fish in aquariums.
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There is a $10 fee per car to enter the State Park.
PSA: There are no sharks in Pineview Reservoir .
Re: Antelope Island worth it for one partial afternoon? Definitely worth the stop, although not sure if swimming will be the highlight. It’s an easily accessible park and you can cover a fair amount of territory. You will see buffalo and other wildlife – good prep for Yellowstone.
Those nutrients feed algal blooms. The algae suck up all the water’s oxygen then die off and drop to the bottom of the lake , where bacteria then consume the organic material. The byproduct of all that is the rotten-egg smelling hydrogen sulfide gas.
YES, you can drown in the briny, buoyant waters of the Great Salt Lake . Although the GSL’s waters are 3 to 5 times saltier than the ocean and you can ‘t sink — but “float like the cork” there, you can drown in the water.