Utah Lake

The Utahsee (english Utah Lake ) is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. state of Utah.

It is located south of Salt Lake City in the northeastern part of the Great Basin and has a water area of ​​392 km ². About the Jordan River, it flows into the Great Salt Lake.

Situated at the foot of the Wasatch Lake is approximately 39 km long, up to 18 km wide and not very deep with a maximum depth of slightly more than four meters. Water is supplied to it from the mountains over many small streams, while he runs out into the Great Salt Lake to the north. Seasonal formed on the lake large algal blooms, which mingled in the past on the eastern shore of the lake with industrial inflows of a now -defunct steel mill.

The shoreline of the lake and the mountain range is populated than Provo - Orem metropolitan area, and a dense population center in the otherwise characterized by the desert character of Utah.

In particular, the marshy areas at the southern tip of the lake and the area at the mouth of Provo River serve in spring and late autumn months many migratory birds, such as pelicans, geese and herons, as a resting place. Only in the lake lived the endemic Utah bullhead ( Cottus echinatus ), which became extinct in 1930.

Since 1970, the Utahsee under the name Utah Lake State Park is designated as a State Park. He is a popular destination for water sports and fishing. In the winter months the lake freezes temporarily and allowed winter sports such as ice skating.