Expansive red rock mesas and swelling purple skies paint Utah in stunning colors almost every day of the year. It’s no wonder this picturesque state boasts twelve state parks, preserving all its natural beauty. Considering Utah is the second driest state in the nation, it may come as a surprise to learn it’s also home to more than 600 lakes and reservoirs — 647, to be exact, which puts Utah in sixth place for the largest amount of boatable water per capita in the U.S. The following trailering itinerary samples just a few of Utah’s many great boating spots.
They call it the Caribbean of the west: Bear Lake’s turquoise blue waters and rocky backdrop make this state park a scene to behold. Start your excursion by steering your tow vehicle northeast towards the Utah-Idaho border. Garden City, situated on the edge of Bear Lake, offers a developed marina and convenient boat ramps, making the waters accessible by Whaler. Be sure to bring your fishing gear — you might just catch a trophy-sized cutthroat trout. End your time in Bear Lake at the all-natural hot springs, complete with two hot mineral pools. Located at the northeast corner of the lake, these healing waters provide serenity sure to leave you feeling recharged and ready for your next stop.
From there, hop into your tow vehicle and haul your Whaler south. Just beyond the Wasatch Mountains lies one of Utah’s most popular camping grounds: The Deer Creek Reservoir. Deer Creek attracts families and friends from all over as it offers a little bit of something for everyone. Explore by boat, and don’t be afraid to dive right in to experience the cool waters of this natural reservoir. Spend your nights camping under the stars right off the shoreline at one of the area’s many campgrounds, but not before catching at least one sorbet-shaded sunset from the cockpit of your Whaler. Pack a picnic and prepare for a scene you won’t soon forget.
Drive 30 minutes southwest from Deer Lake and find Utah’s third largest city, Provo. Here, the lower Provo River finds confluence with the expansive Utah Lake. Take advantage of the state park’s newly renovated facilities, which include four boat launch ramps, boat slips, courtesy docks and a fishing area for the physically challenged. After you’ve cruised Utah Lake to your heart’s content, dock your Boston Whaler and spend a night or two exploring by foot. Home to Brigham Young University, Provo is more than just a college town. With multiple bars that host live music every night and more than 60 restaurants in the downtown area, Provo provides endless entertainment.
Great Salt Lake
Conclude your trailering journey with a visit to the Great Salt Lake. Reigning as the largest lake west of the Mississippi, the Great Salt Lake is 75 miles long and about 35 miles wide. The lake offers terrific boating and once-in-a lifetime views. White sand beaches rim its shores and snow-capped mountains peek over the horizon. The lake itself is home to the Spiral Jetty, a land-art installation constructed in 1970 by American sculptor Robert Smithson. This spiral form of salt-encrusted basalt boulders jets up like a marine crop circle during times of low water-levels. The installation can be seen from a bird’s-eye view even on days when waters cover its form. Venture on a helicopter tour or hot-air balloon for a priceless photo opp before returning to your trusty rig.