Nestled in the heart of the Wasatch Mountain range, Salt Lake Utah is perhaps the largest remnant of the prehistoric pluvial lake named Lake Bonneville. Lake Bonneville at one point in time covered almost all of Western Utah.
At one time, this lake was 22,400 square miles in size. Nearly the size of Lake Michigan today. Approximately 16,800 years ago, the lake released via Red Rock Pass which is located in Idaho.
As the climate warmed up the lake began to dry up which left behind the now famous Bonneville Salt Flats.
According to the Utah State Geological Survey, the Great Salt Lake has at least 11 islands that are recognized. Seven of these are in the southern most portion of the lake. This leaves the other four to the northwest portion of the lake.
Thanks to the warm lake waters, the region enjoys quite a bountiful snowfall every year. With the “lake effect” phenomenon, the area can be plunged into freezing temperatures and a lot of snow.
Typically, these lake effect snows happen in late fall and the earlier months of winter. Occasionally in the spring they will happen as the weather attempts to change back into warmer air.
In the summer months, the area can get quite a few thunderstorms forming off of the lake. These will often drift east over the northern region of the Wasatch range.
Typically, the area will enjoy about six to eight of the lake effect snow falls annually. Up to ten percent of the precipitation for the region is due to the lake effect.
The higher salt concentration of the lake makes it particularly dense and just about anyone can float in the water. Gunnison Bay tends to be the saltiest portion of the lake.
The lake differs a lot in elevation as the south and northern areas offer basically two separate lakes all in the same body of water. Lucin Cutoff divides the area.
The Salt Lake area is home to many of the LDS faith and also boasts a beautiful temple grounds for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The area offers up a desert-like climate in the summer and a much cooler climate in the winter months with cold temperatures and plenty of annual snowfall to keep the ski resorts in business. With beautiful mountain ranges and plenty of fishing, hiking and camping the area of Salt Lake Utah has something for just about everyone.