You don’t need an ocean to spend your summer on the beach! It gets pretty hot during the summer here in Utah but we Utahns just head for the nearest lake or reservoir to play in the water and cool off. Most of the beaches listed here are sadly lacking in any kind of shade, so bring an umbrella and plenty of sunscreen.
1) Bridger Bay Beach, Antelope Island State Park
Antelope Island looks like a barren wasteland from afar but once you get there you’ll find tons of wildlife. Watch for deer, antelope and bison, plus tons of birds. Utahns know that the salt content in the Great Salt Lake is so high that you can bob and float without sinking, but you’ll want to hose off in the showers at Bridger Bay Beach. To get there, take exit 332 from I-15 and drive about 7 miles to Antelope Island Park, then cross the causeway and drive about 2 miles around the island to get to the beach.
2) Deer Creek State Park, Heber Valley
Deer Creek is popular for boating and fishing but if you want to just loaf on the beach, you’ll find a nice, sandy one on the northeast side.
3) Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Lake Powell is surrounded by beaches -- you’ll no doubt find several favorites. A few to check out include Good Hope Bay, east of Bullfrog Marina at green buoy 119; Lone Rock Beach, west of Wahweap Marina; and Warm Creek Bay near green buoy 17. You’ll find plenty of much smaller, more private beaches along the banks of the lake.
4) Pineview Reservoir, Huntsville
Pineview Reservoir, tucked away in the Ogden Valley, has three beaches. Anderson Cove has a day area and campground. Middle Inlet is on the eastern shore, about 2 miles from Huntsville. It has a picnic structure and vault toilets. Cemetery Point Beach is west of Huntsville.
5) Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane
Red sand beaches surround this warm, picturesque lake where you can boat, fish, camp and ride your ATV around like a madman. To get there, take I-15 to the Hurricane exit, drive 4 miles to Sand Hollow Road, then 4 more to the park entrance.
6) Rendezvous Beach at Bear Lake
It has been dubbed the “Caribbean of the Rockies” because of its deep blue and green jewel tones. Hang out at Rendezvous Beach -- it has picnic areas, restrooms and showers. To get there, take US 89 through Logan into Garden City. Turn right onto SR-30 and drive about 9 miles.
7) Starvation State Park
After a day of fishing or boating, hang out on the beach at this reservoir near Duchesne. The park offers a campground, restrooms, showers and picnic areas.
Of course, Utah has many more lakes and reservoirs. Which one is your favorite to play in when the weather gets hot?