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Boat ramp at Great Salt Lake State Park closed due to low water levels

Aug 25, 2022, 7:00 PM
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The boat ramp at The Great Salt Lake State Park has closed due to low water levels, according to the Utah Division of State Parks. While visitors can still launch their boats there, park officials say, they will do it at their own risk. Photo credit: Great Salt Lake State Park and Marina

SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake State Park has closed its boat launch ramp due to low water levels.

Devon Chavez, with the Utah Division of State Parks, says visitors to the lake can still launch their boats but will do so at their own risk.

“We closed these due to low water levels to protect visitors’ property,” he said. “We don’t want anyone to get stuck, or high-centered or perhaps even damage their boat.”

While park officials don’t recommend launching boats at the marina, Chavez says the marina won’t be barricaded and no citations will be issued. 

The Great Salt Lake Marina boat ramp closure is just part of an ongoing problem around the state. Of the 42 boat ramps at state parks throughout the state, 12 have closed due to low water levels.

“Low water levels have caused boat ramp closures across the state,” Chavez said. “And now we are starting to see it happen at parks and launch ramps that traditionally haven’t ever seen it before. And in this case, the Great Salt Lake State Park Marina boat ramp has closed as well.”

Chavez recommends launching smaller watercrafts such as kayaks and paddle boards.

“The great things about those is they are so small and maneuverable,” he said. 

Chavez says if visitors to the park try and launch a boat from the marina, they may be facing some difficulties.

“If you do try and launch your sailboat or a larger craft out of those marinas,” he said. “There is the possibility that you might not be able to get it in there in the first place. And then get it back out without the aid of a tow truck or another company.”

Mark Jones contributed to this article.

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Boat ramp at Great Salt Lake State Park closed due to low water levels