Year of 2017

Sunrise over Utah Lake, near Provo, Utah

Perhaps in deep winter, the slightly saline waters of Utah Lake—technically a freshwater lake—don’t warm up much. But surely in summer the water gets downright comfortable. Why? Because the average depth of the lake near Provo is just 10 feet, with the deepest portions reaching a mere 14 feet. In this image, the sun is rising over the Wasatch Mountains and ice still litters the shore.

Utah Lake is a shallow freshwater lake in the U.S. state of Utah. It lies in Utah Valley, surrounded by the Provo-Orem metropolitan area. The lake’s only river outlet, the Jordan River, is a tributary of the Great Salt Lake. Evaporation accounts for 42% of the outflow of the lake, which leaves the lake slightly saline. The elevation of the lake is legally at 4,489 feet above sea level. If the lake elevation goes any higher, the pumps and gates on the Jordan River are left open.
Address: N 4200 W, Provo, UT 84601
Depth: 14′ 1″ (4.30 m)
Length: 24 miles (39 km)
Surface area: 148.44 sq miles (384.45 km²)
Mean depth: 10′ 6″ (3.20 m)