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Updated by Lindsey Christiansen on Mar 16, 2013
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Best Places to go boating in Utah

If Utah had a favorite pastime, it would probably be boating. Eight months out of the year, Utahans stay holed up in their homes to wait out the inclement weather, eagerly anticipating their opportunity to throw off the boat cover and hit the lake. Despite the limited boating season, Utah has some of the best places to go boating, offering a myriad of lakes in all sorts of scenic areas. If you’re looking to hit the water this season, consider these top five places to go boating in Utah:

1

Lake Powell:

Lake Powell:

By far the most famous of Utah’s lakes, Lake Powell covers 42,000 acres of pure beauty. Red canyons and inlets provide perfect cover for a houseboat, along with diminishing most of the wake produced by boats. This creates ideal skiing conditions for those who are very picky about smooth water. Those looking to camp on the beach may do so, creating an all-in-one vacation weekend.

2

Sand Hollow Reservoir:

Sand Hollow Reservoir:

Located in St. George, Sand Hollow has become more popular in recent years. Sand covers the beaches and surrounding environment, producing a very scenic and pleasant experience for boaters. The lake is considerably small, and local authorities control how many boats are on the lake at any given time. But those looking to get an early start on the boasting season may consider heading to St. George because of the warmer climate.

3

Bear Lake:

Bear Lake:

Nestled on the northern tip of Utah, Bear Lake is a true wonder. It is a massive, oval-shaped lake that has bright blue water in the sunlight. Its immense size allows for many boats to be on the lake without much interference, but this sometimes leads to extremely choppy water. High winds can also sprout whitecaps everywhere. Despite having the shortest boating season of all of Utah’s lakes, Bear Lake offers a unique experience that few others can rival.

4

Willard Bay:

Willard Bay:

This reservoir is most notable for its prime location; it is accessible to the many people that live near it, allowing for them to shave a couple hours from the drive. The lake is smaller, which often leads to overcrowding on the lake, but that never prevents enthusiasts form enjoying a day on the water. Launch fees are cheap, and the lake is open all year.

5

The Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake

According to Utah.com, the Great Salt Lake is an excellent place to go boating. A lake that covers over 900,000 surface acres may seem like a hub for boating, but many boaters are afraid of the effects of the salt water on their engines. In truth, boating in the Great Salt Lake does not harm engines so long as boat owners flush their engines at the end of the day. Those who are looking for a massive lake with nobody on it can go here and have a satisfying trip.

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