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Bridger Bay Beach + Day Use Area

Antelope Island State Park

Great Salt Lake + Desert, Utah

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  • Shower and bathroom facilities at the day use area.- Bridger Bay Beach + Day Use Area
  • Shower and bathroom facilities at the day use area.- Bridger Bay Beach + Day Use Area
  • The walkway to the Great Salt Lake.- Bridger Bay Beach + Day Use Area
  • The Great Salt Lake.- Bridger Bay Beach + Day Use Area
  • The Great Salt Lake.- Bridger Bay Beach + Day Use Area
  • Looking back toward the restaurant, showers, and picnic shelters.- Bridger Bay Beach + Day Use Area
  • Picnic shelters are a welcome treat to escape the hot summer sun.- Bridger Bay Beach + Day Use Area
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Pros: 
Access to the Great Salt Lake. Swimming area.
Cons: 
Can be crowded on summer weekends.
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Region:
Great Salt Lake + Desert, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Bridger Bay Beach and Day Use Area is the best place to take a dip in the Great Salt Lake. The large sandy beach is a short 550-yard walk to the shoreline of the lake. The lake is actually quite shallow, so you will need to wade out a bit if you plan to go swimming. 

The Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, and it covers about 1,700 square miles. The lake is fed by the Jordan, Weber, and Bear rivers that together deposit 1.1 million tons of minerals in the lake each year. There is no outlet for the lake; rather, evaporation contributes to lake's salinity. 

The bay is named after Jim Bridger, who along with Etienne Provost in 1824 became the first white man to see the lake. There is a plethora of evidence suggesting that prehistoric people inhabited Antelope Island as much as 6,000 years ago. 

Once you're done swimming in the lake you'll find showers and a restaurant near the roadside. There are also a number of covered picnic tables in case you brought your own lunch, and Bridger Bay Campground can accommodate those spending the night in the area.

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