GREAT SALT LAKE

Rush of water to Great Salt Lake means boats can return to marina

Apr 18, 2023, 5:47 PM | Updated: 6:32 pm

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Utah residents are celebrating as the Great Salt Lake Marina boat ramps reopened Tuesday due to water returning to the bay.

“We’ve got water!” said an excited Chris Haramoto, the northern regional manager for Utah State Parks. “As you can see, there is water inside the marina, which is a big thing from what we had last summer.”

The pictures from the end of summer 2022 tell the story of how dry the area got. All that was left was dirt and mud where the boats once sat. Overall the lake dropped to historic lows.

The dozens of boats that did sit in the stalls all had to be pulled out. They now sit in the parking lot of the marina. With this week’s announcement that the docks are back open, owners were anxious to get them back in the water.

“This is a great sign. This means our boating community can start looking forward to getting their boats back on the lake again. The Great Salt Lake is a beautiful lake and maybe a little unutilized when it comes to boating as well. So, it’s a great opportunity for them to come back on the lake,” Haramoto said.

The park manager of the marina is predicting the lake could see as much as a 6-foot rise, which will definitely bring new life to the Marina this summer.

“It’s a significant amount of water, and from all projections, it looks like a lot more will be coming. That’s a great sign for the Great Salt Lake,” Haramoto expressed.

KSL 5 TV Live

Great Salt Lake

Utah Lake water release...

Alex Cabrero

Utah Lake release sends 300 million gallons of water a day into the Great Salt Lake

The Utah Lake control gates in Saratoga Springs opened Thursday morning to release water into the Great Salt Lake.

16 days ago

(Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)
Dust lingers after OHVs drove by in West Shores, Calif., on Friday, D...

Saige Miller, KUER

Lakebed dust is a worry in Utah. For California’s Salton Sea, it’s a full-blown problem

Like the Great Salt Lake, there are toxins in the sediment of an exposed lake bed in California.

17 days ago

Great Salt Lake bed...

Mike Anderson

Dust from Great Salt Lake helps algal blooms thrive, study finds

A new study is putting a large part of the blame for algal blooms on blowing dust.

18 days ago

Sign showcasing information about the Great Sale Lake Shorelands preserve....

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News

Invasive phragmites are needlessly sucking water out of Great Salt Lake

An invasive plant species is using excessive water around the Great Salt Lake.

23 days ago

A sail boat on the Great Salt Lake...

Carter WIlliams, KSL.com

Should the Great Salt Lake be considered a person? Group says yes, Utah bill says no

A bill passed the senate which prohibits legislation from giving extra rights to the Great Salt Lake.

1 month ago

Hundreds of people are calling on the legislature to take bolder steps to protect the Great Salt La...

Brianna Chavez

Hundreds rally, calling on legislature to ‘Save our Great Salt Lake’

Hundreds of people are calling on the legislature to take bolder steps to protect the Great Salt Lake.

1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Rush of water to Great Salt Lake means boats can return to marina