Links & Resource Page

Resources for activities and organizations on Great Salt Lake include but are not limited to:

American West Center at the University of Utah

CSPAN Video:

Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island is just west of the hustle and bustle of the city of Layton. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Antelope Island is home to the annual Bison Roundup, the Balloon Stampede, horseback riding, oolitic sand, earred grebes and lots of fun awaiting you and your family.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

The James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center offers interactive exhibits, a wetland diorama and other displays featuring information on birds and wetlands of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.  A ½-mile accessible walking trail meanders through the wetland habitat just outside the center. The center is located on Forest Street one block west of Interstate 15 (Exit #363).  The center hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturdays; and it is closed on Federal holidays.

Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway

The famous Bonneville Speedway is located in the western portion of the flats, near Wendover. It is perfectly flat and has a thick crust of salty soil. It looks like a frozen lake bed covered with snow. No vegetation grows in that area.

Coalition to Keep the Lake Great

The Coalition to Keep the Lake Great is a team of organizations and individuals working to protect the Great Salt Lake from damage by commercial interests. The most pressing threat comes in the form of expansions plans by Great Salt Lake Minerals Company.

Delta Waterfowl Utah Chapter

Delta Waterfowls vision is to secure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. Their mission is to provide knowledge, leaders and science-based solutions that efficiently conserve waterfowl and secure the future for waterfowl hunting.

Ducks Unlimited, Utah Chapter

Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area

"A wetland shared by people, wildlife and the vast waters of the Great Salt Lake." Good place for birdwatching and hunting. To see the migration, visit March – May or August – October. See FBWMA site for details on when migrations occur and the best times to see which birds. To learn more about hunting season visit

Open year round 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week at the main entrance south and west of Farmington at 1325 W. Glover Lane (925 S.). Extended hours during fall hunting seasons.


Friends of Antelope Island
Friends of Antelope Island is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of facilities, programs and visitor experiences on Antelope Island through fund raising and service.

Forestry, Fire, and State Lands 

The (Utah) Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is charged by law to manage this resource for multiple use and sustained yield. The 2000 Great Salt Lake Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) and the 1996 Great Salt Lake Mineral Leasing Plan are considered the governing documents for the management of the sovereign lands and resources.

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake was founded in 1994. The mission of FRIENDS is to preserve and protect the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the lake through education, research, and advocacy. Every two years, FRIENDS hosts the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum to provide a focused discussion about the Lake for policy makers, researchers, planners, industry and other stakeholders.

FoGSL Spring 2013 Newsletter.pdf
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       Click the link above for the latest newsletter
       from FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

Gonzo Rentals

Kayak Rentals 
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Tandem- Lifetime Sport                                                             $17 per hour
Pedal Boat   (Kermit)
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Paddle Boards                                                                             $17 per hour
Reservations- 801-834-1620 

Great Salt Lake Alliance

The Great Salt Lake Alliance is composed of the leaders of local conservation groups with a major Great Salt Lake focus. The alliance’s mission is to promote cooperation rather than competition among groups and to share in healthy dialog on issues affecting sustainability of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem.

Great Salt lake Artemia

Great Salt Lake Artemia (Brine Shrimp) is a group of member companies working together to produce the world’s finest Artemia products from the world’s largest source.

Great Salt Lake Audubon Society

The Great Salt Lake Audubon Society’s dedication to protect and enhance the diverse habitats found around the shores of the Great Salt Lake for wild birds, animals and plants, and to maintaining healthy and diverse environments for wildlife and people throughout the state.

Great Salt Lake Basin hydrologic observatory

The Great Salt Lake Basin hydrologic observatory promotes research and collaboration in the Great Salt Lake Basin.  The Great Salt Lake Basin provides the opportunity to observe climate and human-induced land-surface changes affecting water availability, water quality, and water use. This website provides information on watersheds, science, data and infrastructure of the Great Salt Lake Basin.

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

The Bird Festival is a place to share the love of birds with the public.  Local birders and experts will be on hand to share their knowledge and optical equipment with the guests. Another mission of the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival is to act as a fundraiser for Great Salt Lake Nature Center at Farmington Bay

Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Project

The purpose of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program (GSLEP) is to manage and conserve the avian and aquatic communities of Great Salt Lake through monitoring and research.

Great Salt Lake Experience

Great Salt Lake Experience, LLC owned by Captain JR Reynolds will assist you and your group in creating a fantastic event on our 27 ft sail boat. Learn about the Great Salt Lake and the ecosystem the lake supports. Learn the basics of sailing with Captain Lance Fairbanks or just relax, soak up the sun and feel the wind in your hair.  This is sure to be an experience of a lifetime!

Great Salt Lake Info

Great Salt Lake Issues Forum

The Forum hosted by FoGSL provides an opportunity for the Great Salt Lake community to engage in constructive dialogue about the Lake, the future of its ecosystem and its resources. The Issues Forum seeks to bring together researchers, government agencies, managers, industry, and environmentalists working on Great Salt Lake and other saline lake systems in the western United States.

Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College

The Great Salt Lake Institute (GSLI) at Westminster College conducts research and education opportunities about the Great Salt Lake (GSL).  The GSLI promotes partnerships among college and universities, industry, government agencies, and non-profit organizations interested in sustaining GSL as an important resource.

Great Salt Lake State Parks

The Great Salt Lake is one of the most asked-about tourist destinations in Utah. A remnant of the massive ancient Lake Bonneville, the lake is now landlocked and its waters are salty. It is the largest lake between the Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean, and is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. Swimming, sailing, and kayaking are wonderful ways to take in the lake and all its beauty.

Great Salt Lake Open Water Marathon
Race date: Saturday, June 7-8th, 2013 USMS Sanction# 342-002OS. Join in this historical event. This  will be the third annual swim.

Great Salt Lake Photography

Hosts the work of photographer and Friend of the Lake 2012, Charles Uibel. Uibel is an award-winning photographer specializing in the unusual portrait bringing people and landscape together as one. For additional information please visit this website.

Great Salt Lake Marina

Home of the world’s saltiest sailors! This website is home to both the Great Salt Lake Marina and Antelope Island State Park Marina and provides you up to date weather, sea temperature, and  if you want to call Great Salt Lake home this is where to come for leasing information as well as finding additional information on nearby Tooele, Utah activities. 

Great Salt Lake Yacht Club

 The Great Salt Lake Yacht Club was originally established on May 10, 1877 with Captain David Lazarus Davis as Commodore and has been sailing strong for 135 years. GSLYC not only advocates racing and cruising, but also advocates education, seminars, sponsers a juniors program and a womens program. They also sponser several social events every year which are open to the public such as the annual Sailfest.

Great Salt Lake Water Quality Steering Committee

The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality is to safeguard human health and quality of life by protecting and enhancing the environment. This website provides information on the Selenium Project at the Great Salt Lake as well as charts for water quality studies.

The Great Salt Lake Nature Center at Farmington Bay

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) developed an environmental education program at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area (WMA). The Farmington Bay WMAs mission is to foster curiosity, understanding, and pride in the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem among Utah’s and the global community through world class education and recreation opportunities.

Hikmet Sidney Loe

Hikmet Sidney Loe fell in love with the arid desert lands of Utah and the environs of Great Salt Lake. She is an artist, writer, and teacher whose work draws inspiration from the smaller patterns found in the larger environment and from the changeable nature of land, water, and sky.   

Kennecott Inland Sea Shoreland Reserve (ISSR)

Kennecott Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve (ISSR) was created as part of a mitigation plan developed in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to offset the loss of 1,000 acres impacted when the company expanded its tailings impoundment in 1996. Since then the reserve has expanded to over 3,600 acres.

According to their site:

The number of bird species using the reserve area has increased from 50 in 1995 to 250 today, with 120,000 birds using the reserve annually, an increase of over 1,000 percent.

In 2004, the area became an Important Bird Area (IBA) and is now part of BirdLife International's IBA Program. The purpose of the program is to identify, monitor and protect a global network of IBAs to conserve birds and other biodiversity — birds being one of the most vital indicators of a healthy environment.

The ISSR has become a haven for birds and an important education and scientific resource as Kennecott employees, birding groups, schools and university research teams visit the reserve to observe and study.

This area is closed to the general public. Check our calendar for events taking place at ISSR. (The next event is on 9/9/13!)


Jordan River Parkway

Jordan River Parkway will ultimately be a continuous trail running along the Jordan River, from near Utah Lake on the south end to near the Great Salt Lake on the north end. It is designed to allow hiking/walking, jogging, biking roller blading and other activities.

 Legacy Parkway

The Legacy Parkway Project (state Road 67) was designed as a 14-mile stretch of four-lane highway to provide an alternate roadway for commuters in Weber and Davis Counties and the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Construction was completed on the first phase of the Legacy Parkway, from North Salt Lake to Farmington, and opened to traffic on September 13, 2008. Legacy Parkway is the first of its kind in the United States and includes many unique elements:

  • Gateways to introduce motorists to the Parkway and surrounding communities
  • Meandering roadway instead of a traditional fixed, straight freeway design
  • Unique landscaping
  • Unusual structural design features including bridge monuments and barriers
  • Independent multi-use and equestrian trails alongside the Parkway
  • "Greenways" that blurs the boundary between the Parkway and community
  • Lower overall speed limit provides a pastoral driving experience


My Great Salt Lake: Lake Elevated

My Great Salt Lake is a website dedicated to events, happenings, and the latest Lake news on and around Great Salt Lake.  This is a snapshot of Great Salt Lake from all sides. Hosted and created by Charles Uibel this website is just one of the many ways to get to know Great Salt Lake a bit better.

The Nature Conservancy in Utah

The Nature Conservancy has a strong presence here in Utah. The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve is a unique system of salt and fresh water marshes, ponds, pools, sloughs and mudflats. The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to work as a unique conservation organization working to save plants, animals, and natural communities not only in Utah, but around the world.

Ogden Nature Center 

Located in the heart of Ogden, you'll find a 152-acre nature preserve and education center open to the public year-round. Visitors enjoy 1.5 miles of walking trails, picnic areas, tree houses, bird blinds and an exhibit of live birds of prey.  Two of Utah's greenest buildings are on site to teach about sustainable structures. A unique gift shop is located in the Visitor Center. The Ogden Nature Center offers a wide variety of classes & workshops for all ages including art, photography, birding, wildlife in Utah, outdoor recreation, conservation, sustainability, summer camps and more.

R & G Horse and Wagon

R & G Horse and Wagon offers exclusive horseback trail rides on historic Antelope Island, a 28,000 acre island in the Great Salt Lake. The island itself was once in private ownership and included a working ranch, the Fielding Garr Ranch. It was subsequently purchased by the state of Utah and is now part of the Utah State Park system.

Sailing Solutions

Sailing Solution is designed to allow people to learn, love and discover sailing. With many different classes and charters, Sailing Solution has what you need to discover and enjoy sailing!

  • Introduction to Sailing Class
  • Basic Sailing Course
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Taste of Sailing
  • Discover Sailing
  • Tandem Sailing
Salt Lake Surf

Salt Lake Surf is the largest stock-in retailer for numerous brands of SUP boards and paddles in Utah. They are also the only Surf and SUP board repair shop in the valley. They can hook you up with great deals on SUP boards and kayaks.

1117 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, (801) 819-6949
Tuesday-Thursday 11:00am - 5:30pm, Friday 10:00am - 7:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm - 5:00pm




Saltair provides a unique concert experience. Saltair, an all ages concert venue, offers all the ambiance and accommodations promoters look for in concert venues. Outfitted with a large stage and a state of the art PA system, the grand hall has plenty of space for concertgoers to dance while listening to high quality concert sound.

Sailing Solution

Sailing Solution is designed to allow people to learn, love and discover sailing. With many different classes and charters, Sailing Solution has what you need to discover and enjoy sailing!

Summer of Salt: An exploration of Great Salt Lake 

Their mission is quite simply to tell the story of Great Salt Lake and in the process they hope to overcome misperceptions, create an understanding of the Lake’s natural, spiritual, and economic values, connect people to the Lake’s recreational opportunities, and instill a sense of pride in a resource that is sorely in need of protection.

Save the Salt

Save The Salt is a Non Profit Organization focused on preserving the history, legacy and future of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.  Our core mission is to advocate the Salt Flats as a natural wonder and to promote responsible use. We are comprised of various groups (Save the Salt Coalition) to keep the Salt Flats available for generations to come.

Tracy Aviary 

589 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84105, (801) 596-8500,

Tracy Aviary is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm every Monday June-August. Tracy Aviary is open every day except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

This is the place to see some of the birds found at Great Salt Lake up close. Special exhibits related to birds found at Great Salt Lake  include Kennecott Wetland Immersion Experience and The Owl Forest.

Useful Links by Tracy Aviary found at
A list of Utah wetlands to visit
Pamphlet on Wetlands

Great Salt Lake Wetland Scene
Great Salt Lake Birding Trails
Exhibit Guide for Kennecott Wetland Immersion Experience


University of Utah Department of Meteorology

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Utah studies detailed weather observations, chemistry, thermodynamics, and biology of the Great Salt Lake.

U.S. Geological Survey — Great Salt Lake

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has measured the elevation of Great Salt Lake since 1875 and conducted many studies on the hydrology, salinity, water quality, and ecology of the lake. Currently, the USGS operates lake elevation gages at Saltair Marina, Saline (north arm), and on the railroad causeway near Promontory Point. The USGS is studying the ecology of brine shrimp in the lake in cooperation with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and researchers from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Utah State University.

Utah Paddle Surfing

Utah Waterfowl Association

The mission of the Utah Waterfowl Association (UWA) is to preserve Utah’s waterfowl, waterfowl habitat, and rich waterfowling heritage. To that end, the UWA will work towards providing a voice in the political and regulatory arena to Utah’s more than 24,000 waterfowlers.

Utah Airboat Association

The Utah Airboat Association is committed to preserving Utah’s wetlands, assisting with nesting programs and working to improve launch sites and boating access areas for the users of Utah’s marshes.  Utah Airboat Association also works with researchers, various state agencies, and conservation groups to improve and enhance the public awareness of the Great Salt Lake and its surrounding wetlands. 

Wasatch Front Polar Bear Club

Although swimming in Great Salt Lake throughout the winter may sound too chilly for most, it is not all that uncommon,  check out the Wasatch Front Polar Bear Club where the main place to swim is in the GSL because of the ease of just showing up in winter time and swimming in water that is literally at freezing temperature, but not having to cut through any ice.  Always check with your doctor prior to participating in any strenuous activity.

Western Resource Advocates

One of Western Resource Advocates’ core priorities is the protection and restoration of Utah’s Great Salt Lake ecosystem. WRA’s Utah staff works in close collaboration with groups such as Friends of Great Salt Lake, the Utah Wetlands Foundation, Great Salt Lake Audubon, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and others to minimize these harmful activities and to develop comprehensive strategies that will protect this remarkable natural legacy.

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