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Locamotive Springs
Locomotive Springs

This 12,000 acre spring-fed waterfowl area is surrounded by miles of desert landscape.

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  • Freshwater springs
  • Thousands of migratory birds

Logistics

Locomotive Springs is in the same area as Spiral Jetty and Golden Spike, so it’s possible to visit all three in one trip. To reach Locomotive Springs, you must drive on long dirt and gravel roads that are rough in places. The dirt roads are slippery in wet weather.

Good To Know

A high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended. Drinking water is available at Golden Spike. Trout and bass live in some of the ponds.

Spiral Jetty
Spiral Jetty

This earthworks sculpture by Robert Smithson protrudes into the hyper-saline waters of Gunnison Bay. Depending on the lake level, it can be visible or submerged.

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  • Hyper-saline water—salt concentration can reach 30% or higher.
  • Microscopic halophilic bacteria and archaea, which turn the water pink.
  • Naturally occurring gypsum crystals along the water's edge.
  • Natural oil seeps at the end of “oil jetty,” just east of Spiral Jetty.

Logistics

Spiral Jetty is in the same area as Locomotive Springs and Golden Spike, so it’s possible to visit all three in one trip. Accessing Spiral Jetty requires traveling 15.5 along dirt and gravel roads that are rough in places. The dirt roads are very slippery in wet weather. The website has detailed driving directions and more information.

Good To Know

A high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended. The highly saline water can irritate sensitive skin. If you plan to swim or wade, bring lots of fresh water for rinsing. Pelicans fly directly overhead during the summer as they travel between their nesting grounds on Gunnison Island and their feeding grounds in Bear River Bay. Restrooms and drinking water are available at Golden Spike.

Bear River Bird Refuge
Bear River Bird Refuge

This 74,000 acre wetland area sits where the fresh water of the Bear River flows into Great Salt Lake. The auto tour route is one of the best places to view some of the millions of migratory birds that visit the lake each year.

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  • Wildlife education center
  • Educational information about birds and wetlands
  • 1/2-mile paved, wheelchair-accessible trail
  • Auto tour route
  • Outstanding bird viewing
  • Multiple points to access open water

Logistics

Before traveling to the Auto Tour Route, be sure to stop at the Wildlife Education Center. The volunteers at the Education Center can give you information about recent bird sightings.

Good To Know

You can call for recorded information conditions and bird sightings. You can purchase birding books at the Wildlife Education Center book store. The well-maintained gravel loop road is suitable for standard passenger vehicles, but not buses or large RVs. Look for special programs and events. Hunting is allowed in the refuge, but not along the auto tour loop.

Golden Spike National Historic Site
Golden Spike National Historic Site

This historic site sits where the eastern and western sides of the first transcontinental railroad were joined. *There is no access to the lake at this site

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  • Educational information and displays
  • Film about the railroad

Logistics

Golden Spike is in the same area as Locomotive Springs and Spiral Jetty, so it’s possible to visit all three in one trip.

Good To Know

This is a great place to stop before heading to Spiral Jetty or Locomotive Springs.

Antelope Island State Park
Antelope Island State Park

This Great Salt Lake island is accessible by car or bike along a 7.2-mile-long causeway. The island provides opportunities for viewing wildlife, and features a beach, marina, campground, visitor center, and a historic ranch.

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  • The causeway, which divides the open waters of Ogden and Farmington Bays, is a great place for viewing waterbirds.
  • The Bridger Bay Day Use Area has an oolitic sand beach with easy access to the water and brine shrimp.
  • The Marina provides an opportunity to view sail boats and a brine shrimping boat, as well as access open water.
  • The Visitor Center sits on a hill with views of the lake and the causeway. Inside, you can view exhibits about the lake and the local history, and a movie about Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake.

Logistics

Maps and brochures are available on the Antelope Island State Park website and at the entrance kiosk. There is a $9 entry fee.

Good To Know

Wide shoulders along the causeway make it easy to pull over and look around; however, park officials request that you stay with your vehicle. A memorial site on the West side of the causeway (look for the American flag just before the marina) provides convenient access to the water and a few parking spaces.

Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve
Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve

This natural, unmanaged wetland area sits on the edge of Farmington Bay.

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  • 1-mile raised boardwalk
  • Educational displays
  • Observation tower

Good To Know

Look for owl pellets at the main visitor center structure and the observation tower. Unlike other preserves along the lake, this one has no water-control dikes, so visitors can see the effects of the changing water levels. Only the western edge of the preserve (far from visitor center) is open to hunting

Nature Center at Farmington Bay
Nature Center at Farmington Bay

The Nature Center sits on the edge of Farmington Bay Bird Refuge, a wetland area managed by a system of dikes.

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  • Diverse plant, invertebrate, and bird species
  • Excellent bird viewing
  • Duck nesting boxes and heron rookery
  • Flat, well-maintained trails
  • Education Center

Logistics

Access is limited during bird nesting season (March 1 through Mid-September). Check the website or call ahead.

Good To Know

The western edge of the preserve (far from visitor center) is open to hunting Many school groups move through this location, so you may want to call ahead to avoid the weekday crowds.

Farmington Bay Bird Refuge
Farmington Bay Bird Refuge

This bird refuge sits where the Jordan River feeds into Farmington Bay. It is accessible through trails and a loop road that span the wetland’s dike system.

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  • Diverse plant, invertebrate, and bird species
  • Bird viewing
  • Interpretive signs
  • Pull-outs

Logistics

Access is limited during bird nesting season (March 1 through Mid-September). Check the website or call ahead.

Good To Know

Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails and roads. The refuge is open to hunting.

Lee Creek
Lee Creek

This natural site managed by the Audubon Society has a 1/4-mile raised path and an extended playa area.

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  • Diverse plant, invertebrate, and bird species
  • Bird viewing
  • Interpretive signs
  • Pull-outs

Logistics

The gravel parking area is quite small. Additional parking is available nearby, along the shoulder of the I-80 frontage road. You can walk along the playa area during dry conditions.

Good To Know

Heavier individuals may have trouble fitting through the entrance gate. Playa (also called mud flat) is prime nesting habitat for snowy plovers. Depending on the lake level, the water may be quite far away.

Saltair
Saltair

Saltair was a former lakeside resort, popular during the early 1900s. The current Saltair building, which is open to the public during business hours, serves as a concert venue and tourist stop.

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  • An easy walk to an extended playa area
  • Gift shop with large scale model of the historic Saltair, along with historic photos and postcards.

Good To Know

Playa (also called mud flat) is prime nesting habitat for snowy plovers. Depending on the lake level, the water may be quite far away.

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