After enjoying Labour day weekend we had a week or two of glorious sunshine. We realised this was unlikely to last and so set about researching which lakes or reservoirs were the nicest to visit aorund SLC. Because when its summer, (and you are Birtish) and its hot and sunny you go to the beach for the day!
Now seeing as Utah is essentially a large valley surrounding by mountains in the desert, there is no beach near by or anything like a beach. We missed visiting Lake Michigan that has several cute ‘coastal’ towns but thought we could find some reservoirs with some nice walks around them.
We previously visited Bear lake, which was lovely and had great water for swimming in, this however is a little far away so we set about looking for reservoirs or large bodies of water closer to home. The nearest would be either the Salt lake – which is a little smelly this time of year, or Utah lake in Provo, this is mostly a boating lake and although has lots of marinas doesn’t have many nice beaches.
Some of the popular reservoirs are in residential areas or high up in the mountains and so actually quite cold. We settled for visiting Pineview reservoir, as this is quite big, only has smaller boats, has a sandy beach and was lower in the mountains near some ski resorts we hadn’t driven past yet.
The surrounding drive was nice, and we realised fall was on it way as some of the leaves had started turning. The lake was bigger than we realised but its near the road and had more boats that we were expecting and so was quite busy. We had a little picnic on the sand and dipped our toes in the water- which was freezing!! So no swimming!