The Great Salt Lake May Not Be So Great by Fall
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Great Salt Lake could become inaccessible to boaters by fall if its water level continues to drop. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the lake is expected to hit a historic low of 4,191 feet above sea level set in 1963. If that happens, the lake's south shore would require dredging before boaters could access it. Without dredging, boats would be vulnerable to damage from keels becoming wedged in the mud.
The number of vessels at the lake's marina has already dropped along with the water level. But Utah State Parks managers plan to spend $1.5 million in dredging funds at Utah Lake, which they say would affect more boaters if it becomes unnavigable.