Utah Nature, On The Water August 16, 2017
You’ll Be Surprised By This Lake In The Middle Of Utah’s Desert
Every once in awhile, I stumble up on a true hidden gem in the Beehive State. Here’s a lake that’s in the middle of nowhere…but it’s popular for scuba, swimming and fishing. Take a look.
Blue Lake is about 15 miles south of Wendover - a little gem in the middle of the desert.
To get there, take I-80 West to Wendover, Nevada. Then travel on Highway 93 for about 14 miles (you'll cross the border back into Utah along the way). Watch for the Blue Lake sign, then drive another five miles on a dirt road.
Once you arrive, you'll see a long boardwalk that will take you through the marshy area to Blue Lake.
The lake is fed by a geothermal spring. You can see the hot pots bubbling at the bottom,
Because of the hot spring, the lake maintains a temperature of about 71 degrees. At 66 feet deep, it's a popular spot for scuba diving, and many dive schools use it for certification.
In addition to a fairly large fish population, you'll find a few sunken boats and other object to explore.
Blue Lake is actually just one of several pools here, though it's the deepest.
Of course, you don't have to scuba to enjoy this little lake. It's open for everyone, so you can swim or fish. You'll find bluegill, tilapia and largemouth bass there.
During summer months, you might find a lot of pesky bugs around the lake. Bring plenty of bug spray, or wait until the weather cools off a bit in the fall.
Winter is a great time to visit Blue Lake. The bugs are gone, but the water is still warm.
On a cold, clear day you can see the steam rising from the warm water.
Want to see what it looks like to scuba in Blue Lake? Check out this video posted on YouTube by ScubaIdaho:
Have you scuba dived or fished at Blue Lake? Tell us what it’s like out there!
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