Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Utah Lake access

One of the state's largest natural treasures sits right in your backyard. Utah Lake — with the Wasatch Mountains reflecting in its waters — begs to be boated upon, fished and camped around. Use this guide for tips onthe best way to access the lake and maximize your playtime.

American Fork Boat Harbor

American Fork Boat Harbor
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8016, 40.3435
  • Ownership: American Fork City
  • Facilities: boat ramps, docks, bathrooms, picnic tables, shade, day-use facility, wheelchair-accessible fishing areas
  • Fees: yes
  • Daily launch: $8.00
  • Walk-in fee: $1.00
  • Senior citizen launch: $4.00
  • Parking tips: ample parking for boats and RVs.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Fishing, boating, birding and other activities.
  • Website: afcity.org (search for "boat harbor")

Lindon Marina and Boat Harbor

Lindon Marina and Boat Harbor
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7629, 40.3262
  • Facilities: restrooms, boat ramp, docks, picnic tables, store
  • Fees: yes
  • Boat launch: $5.00
  • Walk-in: $2.00
  • Overnight parking: $12.00
  • Season pass: $70.00
  • Parking tips: paved parking area, unpaved jetties.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: fishing, boating, birding, etc. fishing friendly shoreline area, limited shade.
  • Wheelchair accessibility: Limited access to water, benches near water for sitting while angling.
  • Website: LindonBoatHarbor.com

Vineyard Beach and Utah Lake Parkway

Vineyard Beach and Utah Lake Parkway
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7643, 40.3167
  • Ownership: Utah County
  • Facilities: restrooms, picnic tables, shade, pavilions. A handicapped-accessible ramp goes to one pavilion which is located near the water (depending on lake level). No fish-cleaning stations, docks or ramps.
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: gravel parking area located east of the park and beach area (on east side of Vineyard Rd./Utah Lake Pkwy.).
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Fishing, kayaking/canoeing, birding, etc. No open fires allowed. A new paved running and biking trail begins on the south end of the Lindon Marina and proceeds 1.75 miles to this wetland and beach area. There are two picnic tables along the trail. This paved trail will become part of the Jordan River and Provo River Parkways.

Vineyard Center Street access

Vineyard Center Street access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.761625, 40.296915
  • Ownership: Town of Vineyard
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: paved parking area that can accommodate about 10 cars.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: The paved trail extends southward for about 0.4 miles and northward 0.5 miles. The trail is at the lake's edge, with access to the shore. Launching a canoe or kayak might be possible. Fishing might be an option. Birding might be good from this area because of its vantage point, several trees and other vegetation. Good wheelchair access exists along the trail but not to the water's edge. Private land lies immediately east of the trail.

Powell Slough, north access

Powell Slough, north access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7392, 40.2747
  • Ownership: Various government agencies
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: Limited space on the paved road for parking if gate is locked.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Popular location for waterfowl hunters and upland game hunters. However, very dense, tall vegetation (phragmites), mud and water make access to the slough and lakeshore difficult. The lake is about 0.75 to 1 mile through the vegetation from the parking area. In addition to private property, do not trespass on water treatment plant or golf course property.

Powell Slough, south access

Powell Slough, south access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7368, 40.2732
  • Ownership: Government
  • Facilities: gravel parking area
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: Parking is limited.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Waterfowl and upland game hunting, birding. No shooting within 600 feet of buildings. Obtain written permission to hunt on private property. The best way to get to the lakeshore is to head south from the parking area. Go past the gate (on the west side of the fence) and look for trails that lead to a dike located southwest of the parking area. It's difficult to hunt in this densely vegetated (phragmites) area. After hunting, please brush off your clothes and equipment so you do not transport phragmites seeds.

Skipper Bay trailhead

Skipper Bay trailhead
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7343, 40.2393
  • Ownership: Utah County
  • Facilities: paved pedestrian trail that travels about 1 mile north.
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: limited parking on paved road at trailhead.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Tall, heavy vegetation limits views and access to Utah Lake. Good birding trail. Private lands line the east side of the trail.

Utah Lake State Park

Utah Lake State Park
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7388 40.2385
  • Ownership: State of Utah
  • Fees: yes
  • Parking tips: paved parking areas and gravel jetties provide some pull-offs.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Fishing, birding, boating, water skiing, camping. Provo River drains into the state park area making it a popular fishing spot. Two jetties at the state park are popular fishing locations. Two ADA handicapped-accessible campsites at the state park. Wheelchair-accessible visitor center and restrooms. Wheelchair-accessible boat dock in the marina (fishing from docks is not allowed). Two Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant campsites and a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier on the north jetty. For more information, call Utah Lake State Park at 801-375-0731.
  • Website: utah.com/stateparks/utah_lake.htm

Airport dike road

Airport dike road
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7353, 40.2351
  • Ownership: Provo City
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: very limited, small pullout areas. Turning a vehicle around is difficult in most spots.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Good for fishing, hunting and birding. During some years, fishing from the dike may not be possible due to lower water levels. No trespassing on the east and north sides of the airport dike.

Mill Race access

Mill Race access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.6546, 40.2017
  • Ownership: State of Utah
  • Facilities: gravel boat ramp
  • Fees: no
  • Parking tips: gravel parking area & gravel boat ramp for small boats/trailers.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: fishing, waterfowl hunting, limited upland game hunting, birding. Tall, thick stands of phragmites and bulrush vegetation run west of the frontage road and are difficult to walk through. Gravel boat ramp is popular for anglers and duck hunters with small, shallow-bottomed boats. Water channel leads out to Provo Bay.

Hobble Creek Wildlife Management Area

Hobble Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.64727, 40.18363
  • Ownership: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: parking area accommodates 4 or 5 vehicles.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: This wildlife management area was purchased to improve the river channel for the endangered June sucker. There are good fishing opportunities for white bass and other species. The river closes to fishing every spring. Read the DWR Fishing Guidebook for more information. This area is also a popular waterfowl hunting access point to Utah Lake. The wildlife management area is surrounded by private property.

Swede Lane access

Swede Lane access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7221, 40.1742
  • Ownership: State of Utah (DWR)
  • Facilities: small gravel ramp for small boats
  • Fees: None
  • Parking tips: Gravel parking area for at least 10 vehicles.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Popular location to launch small boats for waterfowl hunting and fishing. No fires.

Sandy Beach access

Sandy Beach access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7475, 40.1682
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: very good beach areas during lower water elevation years, otherwise the road dead ends at the lake. Limited parking. No trailers.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Popular area for fishing, birding, swimming, launching small boats (that can be carried by hand—no trailers) and waterfowl hunting. The last half mile of the road to the beach area is tree-lined and is a popular birding location. The river entrance to Utah Lake is also popular with anglers. Tributaries may be closed to fishing during certain times in the spring, so please read the DWR Fishing Guidebook. Please pack out your garbage. Please do not burn pallets (no nails in your firewood).

4000 West access (in Lake Shore)

4000 West access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.7497, 40.1500
  • Ownership: State of Utah
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: gravel parking area can accommodate about 10 cars.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Popular location for waterfowl & upland game hunting, angling, wading and birding. Private property is on east and west sides of the road—please stay on public land. Pack out your garbage. No fires.

Lincoln Beach Park and Marina

Lincoln Beach Park and Marina
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8031, 40.1427
  • Ownership: Utah County
  • Facilities: restrooms, boat ramp, pavilions, picnic tables, boat docks, water.
  • Fees: $15.00 overnight camping fee (fees may change). Boat launching is free. Group pavilion holds 100 people and costs $30 for one-time slot or $50 for full-day rental. Call 801-865-8640.
  • Parking tips: no parking on the boat ramp. Prepare boats for launching away from the boat ramp.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: No alcoholic beverages, discharge of firearms or archery inside the park. Owners are responsible for pet cleanup. Overnight camping permitted in designated areas. No swimming in the marina area. Boats must not produce wakes until clear of the marina area. No ATVs or other off-road vehicles allowed. Call 801-865-8640 more information or visit Utah County's website: UtahCountyOnline.org/parks/ParkDetails.asp?IDNO=9.

Lincoln Point access

Lincoln Point access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8121, 40.1436
  • Ownership: State of Utah
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: parking area is located on north side of Lincoln Beach Rd. Parking lot can accommodate about 10 vehicles, no trailers.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Popular shore fishing location. Access to water is usually about 100 yards from parking area. Small canoes and kayaks could be carried to water.

Mulberry Beach access

Mulberry Beach access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8456, 40.1194
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: this is a pull-off loop that can, depending on water level, take you right to the water's edge.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Popular shore fishing location. Small watercraft such as canoes and kayaks can be launched from this location. Some waterfowl hunting occurs as well. Please pack out your garbage.

Goose Point north access

Goose Point north access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8612, 40.0894
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: when water level is low enough, this road will parallel the shoreline along Goose Point and connect to the Goose Point South access located further south on the Lincoln Beach Road. Do not drive off of the established dirt road and pull-offs. When wet, this road can be very muddy and soft in spots.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Popular area for fishing. Some waterfowl hunting opportunities and some birding opportunities for waterfowl and shorebirds. Please pack out your garbage.

Goose Point south access

Goose Point south access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8559, 40.0746
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: during lower water levels, this road will connect to the Goose Point North access. Access is over a gravel and dirt road that parallels the lakeshore along Goose Point. Stay on the road and park on established pull-offs only. When wet, the road can be soft and muddy.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: This is a popular shore fishing area. Some waterfowl hunting opportunities. Fair birding location for waterfowl and shorebirds.

Tower View Point access

Tower View Point access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8606, 40.0631
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: Stay on the established dirt road.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: This is another popular fishing location. With care, canoes, kayaks and other small watercraft may be carried down the steep bank to the water's edge. Please pack out your garbage and consider packing out litter that others might have left behind.

LeBaron Point access

LeBaron Point access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8783, 40.0437
  • Ownership: State of Utah
  • Facilities: Small gravel boat ramp
  • Fees: None
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Popular location for waterfowl hunters and birders. Small gravel boat ramp is located about 0.8 miles from the entrance. Please pack out your garbage.

Mile post 13, Mosida Acres access

Mosida Acres access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.9380, 40.1379
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: Parking area accommodates about 10 vehicles.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Once you leave the parking area, you will encounter tall vegetation (mostly tamarisk). Water is about 50 yards from the parking area. There is no beach. This is a popular area for waterfowl hunters and anglers. Waders are helpful. Carry canoes or kayaks through the vegetation to the water. A small population of burrowing owls might be seen with binoculars on the private property found on both sides of the access road toward the parking area or along Redwood Rd. Do not trespass.

Mile post 19, The Knolls access

The Knolls access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8868, 40.1985
  • Facilities: none
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: no formal parking area. Please stay on established gravel road and off of private property.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Several roads exist once you leave the highway, but continue east toward Utah Lake and stay on the established road. It's rough in places. Small boats can be launched (kayaks, canoes and car-toppers). It's best not to drive all the way to the shore, as there is a fairly steep drop near the shoreline. Excellent open shoreline for anglers, hunters, birders, etc. Please help keep the area clean by picking up others' trash.

Pelican Bay access in Saratoga Springs

Pelican Bay access
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.8711, 40.2900
  • Ownership: City of Saratoga Springs
  • Facilities: boat ramp, docks, bathrooms, fish-cleaning station, pavilions, picnic tables, drinking fountain, green grass areas, etc.
  • Fees: free entry if parking outside the marina and walking in. There is an $8.00 entry/boat launch fee. Call the marina entry booth at 801-766-1083 on weekends to check on available parking slots. Call Saratoga Springs City for pavilion rental or other fee questions at 801-766-9793.
  • Parking tips: Forty parking stalls for cars and trailers. The park situated at the entrance makes for a nice option to park your vehicle and walk in (if marina parking spots are full). There are currently 40 parking stalls and you may have to wait to launch a boat on busy days.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: Pelican Bay Marina is a scenic and clean access point to Utah Lake. Hunting is not permitted, but launching, angling, birding, picnicking, biking and other activities are popular. The park at the entrance makes a nice vehicle parking option. There are 40 parking stalls, so expect launching delays on busy days. Marina hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is no overnight boat docking or camping. Boats should be out of the marina by 10 p.m. An attendant is at the entry booth on Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you launch your boat outside these times, you must use the self-pay envelopes in the black box just east of the entry booth. Do not to fish from the docks and jetties during busy times. There is a lakeside trail system. Good wheelchair access for anglers.

Eagle Park in Saratoga Springs

Eagle Park
  • GPS coordinates/map: -111.9071, 40.3341
  • Ownership: City of Saratoga Springs
  • Facilities: playground, picnic tables, green grass areas, trails, restrooms
  • Fees: none
  • Parking tips: parking spaces for about 25 vehicles.
  • Recreation & wildlife tips: No shooting or hunting in the park or in the residential area. This is primarily a birding and picnic location with a playground. A trail is being developed as part of the Jordan River/Provo River Trail system. Thick stands of vegetation make angling and general access to the lake difficult. Future removal of phragmites might improve lake access.

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