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An historical glimpse of Utah Lake

Published: Saturday, March 3 2012 12:58 p.m. MST

Courtesy of Roland Strong
A century ago Utah Lake was a destination spot dotted with leisure resorts, a jewel surrounded by mountains. Recreational interests in the lake began to surge in the late 1800s. Utah Lake ranks third in size only behind Lake Tahoe in California and Flathead Lake in Montana for natural freshwater lakes in the Western U.S. Its diverse shoreline and expanse of open water created plenty of space for boaters, fishing and lakeside attractions. The Saratoga resort opened on the north end of the lake in 1884. The Garden City Resort opened near the mouth of the Provo River in 1889. The Geneva Resort opened in 1903 at the site where the Lindon Boat Harbor is today. A history compiled by the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program says a competitive business arena saw 20 resorts come and go. Take an historical glimpse of Utah Lake by clicking onward, and see how Utah Lake is making a comeback.
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