One of the things Utahans are notorious for is not really paying attention to the lake,” explains Greg Smoak, director of the American West Center and an associate professor of history at the University of Utah.

Perhaps because the Wasatch attracts a large percentage of outdoor recreation, the 2,000-square mile lake 20 miles north of the downtown with its namesake is often overlooked. If most people miss the lake, then its islands aren’t even blips on the radar.

How are a group of peak-dotted islands and a lake bigger than Delaware relatively ignored? The resounding reason, most sources say, is access. The Great Salt Lake and its islands are so close, but in many ways, so far away.

Author of the blog, “Summer of Salt: An Exploration of Great Salt Lake,” and owner of, Cindy Lund points to the nature of the lake itself and a shore lined with wetlands, mud flats, private land, and industry.

“It’s really four lakes in one,” says Lund.

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